There is no question that District workers are struggling during this recession. With unemployment at historical levels, more families are facing economic hardship and falling into poverty. Although most jobs that have been lost during this recession have been by men, it is important to note that a significant percentage have also been lost by women. A recent report by the U.S. Congress’ Joint Economic Committee found that from October 2009 to March 2010, women lost 22,000 jobs while men gained 260,000. And, in March 2010, the unemployment rate for women with families was 11.3%, the highest rate in the past 25 years. Women of color, in particular are struggling – 12% of Latino and 12.4% of African American women were unemployed in March 2010, compared to 7.3% of white women (link).