Contributor: St. Louis Fed

Mom sits in her backyard with son and baby daughter
By Ana Kent
When working women become mothers, they have to weigh the pros and cons of staying at their paid jobs. Here's how making it easier for moms to work could benefit the US economy, your community, and you.
Teen and preteen African American sisters sit on a couch, holding a piggy bank
By Ray Boshara, Sara Chaganti, Ana Kent, Lowell R. Ricketts
There were large wealth gaps before the pandemic and rising prices are straining families’ resources. Yet there's hope for an equitable and inclusive wealth recovery.
Grand Opening, Frogtown Square, 2011
By Jennifer Wilding
Experience Investment Connection—from pitch to impact—with small business owners, community organizers, and bankers, and the Federal Reserve community development experts bringing them together.
Perspectives from Main Street
By Nishesh Chalise, Violeta Gutkowski
The spread of COVID-19 and the many efforts to slow it are impacting communities throughout the nation. To best respond to this crisis, information is needed about the scope and scale of challenges in various communities. This report offers findings of a survey designed to collect information on the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income people and communities and the entities serving them. The survey was fielded by eight national partners and the Federal Reserve System's community development function.
Diverse group of employees taking notes
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Imagine that racial and gender gaps no longer exist in the labor market. Would economic benefits extend beyond people no longer facing disparities?
Perspectives from Main Street
By Nishesh Chalise, Daniel Paul Davis, Michael Grover, Violeta Gutkowski, David Kaufmann, Karen Leone de Nie
Throughout 2020, the Federal Reserve surveyed nonprofits, financial institutions, government agencies, and other community organizations to understand the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income communities and the entities serving them. Here's what they found.