Today more women than ever work outside the home and contribute to the economic security of their families. Yet, women can face significant challenges in the workplace -- they are more likely to rely on minimum wage work; they too often are paid less than men for the same work; they may have difficulty gaining access to credit to start small businesses; and, while they live longer than men, they reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets.
As First Lady, Mrs. Clinton has championed efforts to help ensure the economic security of women and their families. For example, she has advocated access to microcredit -- small loans made to non-traditional borrowers -- to enable thousands of American women to start their own small businesses. Mrs. Clinton also has supported the Administration's efforts to increase the minimum wage, promote equal pay laws, and fund legal services for low-income families. She has worked to ensure that bankruptcy reform does not adversely impact women and families, particularly in terms of child support collection. In the Social Security debate she has focused her attention on ensuring that the features of Social Security that are important to women are preserved and strengthened.
Below is more detailed information on specific women's issues:
Women's Economic Security
Women's Rights and Empowerment