ELLE and American Women Join Forces to Reveal Where Women and Men Stand on Some of the Most Critical Issues Facing Our Nation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2015) - ELLE and American Women, an affiliated research organization of EMILY's List, today announced that they are teaming up periodically to take the temperature of both sexes on critical issues facing our nation in what promises to be a very hot -- and long! -- election season. In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, ELLE will publish a series of trend reports over the next year and a half developed in partnership with American Women. The reports will be informed by American Women's extensive research and polling of women and men across the country.

The initial report, running in the June issue of ELLE, focuses on economic security for women and families, wage equality and why women, in particular, need to be talking about money now. Women of all ages, education, and income levels report money as a top worry, and 40 percent of women in this country are the primary breadwinners. So, it is time to go beyond talking about the glass ceiling, and discuss one of the key roadblocks women are facing in America today: the green ceiling. Money and economic security affects every area of women and men's lives from health to education, and as the results showed, men and women have different views on what is really going on.

"American Women is thrilled to partner with ELLE to amplify the voices of women -- and men -- across the country. There's no question that economic concerns continue to dominate the discussion from the boardroom to the living room to the break room," said Stephanie Schriock, president of American Women. "We are excited to join together to lead these conversations that impact women across the country."

"We're looking forward to working with American Women to uncover, interpret, and explore the key issues weighing on the minds of women and men as we enter election season, which seems to be upon us already," said Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief of ELLE. "Engaging in meaningful partnerships that facilitate a genuine conversation about ideas -- those things that women really need to talk about -- is such an important part of what we do at ELLE." 

Highlights from the survey include:

  • Paying bills & expenses are the biggest cause of stress for women, and was ranked as 11 percent more stressful by women than men.
    • Bills & expenses top the list as the biggest life stressor at 37 percent for women and 26 percent for men.
    • This is especially true for young women; nearly half (45 percent) of whom said bills and expenses were a top concern. Unmarried women expressed higher levels of stress about money than other groups.
    • Economic worries cause women more stress than family health, work life/balance and relationships combined

  • Men Reported Getting More Paid Leave To Care For A New Child And Vacation Time Than Women Do!!
    • 76 percent of men reported having paid vacation time in contrast to 69 percent of women and 47 percent of men reported getting paid paternity leave to care for a new child compared to just 43 percent of women.

  • Nearly Two-Thirds Of Men Strongly Believe That Women And Men Have The Same Opportunities At Work
    • 63 percent of men strongly think women have the same opportunities at work, while only less than half of women (46 percent) believe they have equal opportunities on the job.

Pick up a copy of the June issue to read the entire story and visit ELLE.com for more exclusive results at: http://www.elle.com/life-love/a28370/money-stats-elle-and-emilys-list/.

To join this important conversation and learn how economic security impacts women and families in your state, download our state, national, and Spanish-language toolkits here: http://www.americanwomen.org/toolkits.

Press Contacts/Interview Requests:
ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers & American Women and EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock are available for interviews upon request
ELLE - Susie Draper / susiedraper@hearst.com / 212-649-7183 and Alex Sturm / asturm@hearst.com / 212-649-2165
American Women - Sonia Melendez Reyes / smelendez@americanwomen.org / 202-326-1400

About American Women
American Women seeks to strengthen American democracy by increasing public awareness of the issues impacting women and families. Through extensive research and polling, American Women increases awareness of the needs, values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of women with regard to the critical issues facing our nation. The goal of American Women is to create an environment where policy makers are advancing sound solutions that will benefit the lives of women and families. The voice of American Women works to shape the debate surrounding issues that matter to women and their families to ensure they are part of the public discourse. American Women is an affiliated organization of EMILY's List, which has been doing research about the needs and views of women for nearly 20 years.

About ELLE
ELLE is the No. 1 fashion magazine brand in the world, with 46 editions, 34 websites, and more than 158 supplements worldwide. The ELLE U.S. brand reaches over 26 million influential readers, users, fans and followers across all platforms and inspires women to explore, cultivate and celebrate their personal style in all aspects of their lives. ELLE is also the foundation of numerous brand extensions, including ELLE Décor (25 editions), ELLE à table (4 editions), and ELLEgirl (3 editions). ELLE is owned by the Lagardere Active group (France), and ELLE U.S. is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. With 21 titles in the U.S., Hearst is the leading publisher of monthly magazines in terms of total paid circulation (AAM 2H 2014), reaching nearly 81 million readers in print (Fall 2014 MRI gfk) and nearly 44 million site visitors each month (comScore). For more information visit ELLE.com, or follow ELLE on Twitter (@ELLEmagazine), Facebook (facebook.com/ELLEmagazine), Google+ (plus.google.com/+ELLE), Instagram (@ELLEUSA), Pinterest (pinterest.com/ELLE), or Tumblr (ELLE.tumblr.com).

Contact Information:

Susie Draper

Alex Sturm

American Women
Sonia Melendez Reyes