Previous Research Projects

Women, Work and Wages in Charlotte-Mecklenburg in 2013

The 2008 Campbell Report, Women, Work and Wages in Mecklenburg County evaluated the impact of eliminating workforce differences between men and women and identifying barriers to eliminating those barriers.

The 2013 Report will include an assessment of the current wage gap in Charlotte-Mecklenburg; explore segregation of industries in our community; and identify policies that might lead to closing the gender employment gaps. The report will also explore the impact of the Great Recession on women’s employment and earnings.

Homelessness & Rapid Re-Housing Program

This report will explore the impact of the New Rapid Re-Housing program initiative in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.  The initiative was implemented following the February 17, 2009 passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This Act included $1.5 billion for a Homelessness Prevention Fund. Funding for this program, called the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP), was distributed based on the formula used for the Emergency Shelter Grants Program.

Poverty, the Working Poor and the Recession

This report will provide an update to the 2008 benchmark report on families living in poverty, both as federally defined and the working poor – families whose working income is not enough to meet the NC Cost of Living Standard for Charlotte-Mecklenburg as defined by the NC Budget and Tax Center.

Domestic Violence and the Work Place: Experiences, Attitudes, and Organizational Practices within a Large Corporation

This study will assess domestic violence attitudes and behaviors, including work interference; social support; disclosure; workplace domestic violence perceptions and practices; and demographics within a large organization (30,000 employees). 

Documenting employee attitudes and needs around domestic violence is an important first step in providing employers with evidence that domestic violence is a compelling issue for their employees and that their actions as employers can make a difference.  Specifically, this study will provide a baseline assessment to guide a large corporation’s training and educational efforts and be used in the future to measure the effectiveness of these efforts.  In addition, focus groups conducted with supervisors and human resources personnel will provide useful direction for the development and implementation of domestic violence education and training within the organization, leading to replication of the programs by other employers.

Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Entrepreneurship: Experiences in Mecklenburg County, NC

The number of women-owned businesses has increased dramatically in Charlotte-Mecklenburg during the past decades. Studies have shown that owning a business could provide women with a springboard for economic progress and further socioeconomic advancement. Even self-employment is one of the avenues for the empowerment of some ethnic minority women to break free from traditional gender roles. However, there are significant differences observed between female- owned and male- owned enterprises, and between female and male entrepreneurs.

This study provides insights into issues of workforce development and socioeconomic upward mobility through entrepreneurship for the underrepresented groups such as women and ethnic minority/immigrant labor forces; broadens understanding of dynamics and local dependency of business development; and promotes public understanding of women and immigrant entrepreneurship required to build the institutional infrastructure for the healthy development of minority businesses. Findings from this study will help evaluate benefits and limitations of ethnic social capital and promote long-term healthy development of ethnic economies.

Understanding and Addressing Disparity in the Appointment of Women to City and County Boards in Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Building on prior research of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women’ s Summit, this 12-month project, done in collaboration with researchers from the UNC Charlotte Public Policy Program, aims to understand the continuing disparity in the appointment of women to the sixty-nine boards and commissions in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to develop programs to increase women’s participation in City and County Boards.

This research is supported, in part, by a grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Segregation of Industries and Career Choice Motivations

What factors impact men’s and women’s career related decisions and outcomes? This research, done in collaboration with researchers in the Organizational Sciences Program at UNC Charlotte will study factors leading up to gender segregation of industries; wage inequities and career choice motivations of alumni of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

It is anticipated that this project will become a pilot for research, including longitudinal studies of the effectiveness of negotiation skills training and career counseling for women.

Women, Wages and Work

Part of our year-long campaign dedicated to women in the workplace, Women, Wages and Work provides quarterly reports on the status of women in the workplace. This year’s reports include Women, Wages and Work: An update on women’s earnings in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Working Women and the Great Recession.