Jobless Benefits Will Now Reach More Women

Women currently collect far less unemployment insurance than men. But that’s changing fast as states adopt new federal eligibility criteria tailored to low-income and part-time workers amid the worst national job market in 25 years.

Job Losses Closing Door to Female Homeownership

Heavy job losses in March are raising the specter of more missed mortgage payments. Men suffered the worst unemployment, but women’s personal finances tend to be more precarious, which could put them in the middle of the next foreclosure wave.

Economic Rescue Plan Called MIA for Women

Last week the Federal Reserve stepped in to save financial giant Bear Stearns from bankruptcy. Women’s advocates say a similar rescue package must be crafted for women losing jobs and homes and facing tax payments on April 15.