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Build Back Better Bill is “Down Payment on a Fairer, More Equitable Economic Future,” says Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO C. Nicole Mason

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) today hailed House passage of the Build Back Better bill and released the following statement from its President and CEO C. Nicole Mason.

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New IWPR Report Shows Discrimination, Harassment Threaten to Drive Women Out of the Construction Industry

IWPR's new report shows that more than four in ten women working in the construction trades have seriously considered leaving their jobs. Discrimination, harassment, and being held to a different standard than their male counterparts are the main reasons pushing women out. The report is based on the largest national survey of tradeswomen ever conducted, with over 2,600 responses.

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Build Back Better Plan will Accelerate Gender Equality, Reduce Poverty for Women and Families, and Strengthen the U.S. Care Infrastructure

The Build Back Better (BBB) Framework proposed by the Biden Administration will accelerate gender equality and significantly reduce poverty for women and families. The plan invests in women’s economic security and equity by bolstering our care infrastructure, targeted tax credits, food and nutrition assistance, and higher education and training.

“This is a historic win for all of us. The Build Back Better plan President Biden outlined and its promised investments are a down payment on a fairer, more equitable economic future,” said C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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Stronger Together: Union Membership Boosts Women’s Earnings and Economic Security

A powerful force for change in the workforce, labor unions bring transparency to pay negotiations, help employees secure overtime wages, and grant them greater protections. In every state, unionized women out earn women in non-union jobs

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The Costs of Reproductive Health Restrictions: An Economic Case for Ending Harmful State Policies

At the national level, state-level abortion restrictions cost $105 billion USD per year—by reducing labor force participation and earnings levels and increasing turnover and time off from work among women ages 15 to 44 years.

New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) shows that restrictive reproductive health policies put economies and business environments at unnecessary risk and limits women’s economic potential.

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Shortchanged and Underpaid: Black Women and the Pay Gap

The COVID-19 pandemic and related recession has both highlighted the persistent inequalities that Black women face in the labor market and exacerbated them. Black women were overrepresented in many low-paying jobs that were recognized as “essential” during the pandemic, but had often been dismissed as “low-skilled” before. Despite this recognition, these jobs continue to be undervalued with low wages and few benefits.

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Build Back Better Bill is “Down Payment on a Fairer, More Equitable Economic Future,” says Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO C. Nicole Mason

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) today hailed House passage of the Build Back Better bill and released the following statement from its President and CEO C. Nicole Mason.

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Discrimination, Harassment, and a Lack Of Respect Threaten to Drive Women Out of the Construction Industry, According to New Institute For Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) Report

Washington, D.C. — The Institute for Women’s Policy Research today released a new report showing that more than four in ten women working in the construction trades have seriously considered leaving their jobs. Discrimination, harassment, and being held to a different standard than their male counterparts are the main reasons pushing women out. The report is bases on the largest national survey of tradeswomen ever conducted, with over 2,600 responses.

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The Costs of Reproductive Health Restrictions: An Economic Case for Ending Harmful State Policies

The Build Back Better (BBB) Framework proposed by the Biden Administration will accelerate gender equality and significantly reduce poverty for women and families. The plan invests in women’s economic security and equity by bolstering our care infrastructure, targeted tax credits, food and nutrition assistance, and higher education and training.

“This is a historic win for all of us. The Build Back Better plan President Biden outlined and its promised investments are a down payment on a fairer, more equitable economic future,” said C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

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Stronger Together: Union Membership Boosts Women’s Earnings and Economic Security

A powerful force for change in the workforce, labor unions bring transparency to pay negotiations, help employees secure overtime wages, and grant them greater protections. In every state, unionized women out earn women in non-union jobs

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Shortchanged and Underpaid: Black Women and the Pay Gap

The COVID-19 pandemic and related recession has both highlighted the persistent inequalities that Black women face in the labor market and exacerbated them. Black women were overrepresented in many low-paying jobs that were recognized as “essential” during the pandemic, but had often been dismissed as “low-skilled” before. Despite this recognition, these jobs continue to be undervalued with low wages and few benefits.

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THE WEEKLY GENDER WAGE GAP BY RACE AND ETHNICITY: 2020

As lowest paid women lost most jobs, the gender wage gap for full-time workers shrank for all women and men, and by race & ethnicity. The gender wage gap in weekly earnings for full-time workers in the United States narrowed between 2019 and 2020, from 19.5 percent in 2019 (a gender earnings ratio of 81.5%) to 18.7 percent in 2020 (a gender earnings ratio of 82.3%)

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IWPR NATIONAL POLL FINDS AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, THE ECONOMIC RECESSION, AND JOBS TOP PRIORITIES FOR WOMEN FOR BIDEN ADMINISTRATION AND CONGRESS

As President Biden sprints toward the 100-day mark, a new survey shows that women believe the new Administration and Congress should focus on healthcare, getting the economy under control and job creation. Their top priorities are highly influenced by their experience during the pandemic and the economic downturn.

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IWPR Prepares COVID 19 and Recovery Rapid Response

In these unprecedented times, the IWPR is committed to communicating and addressing the challenges women are facing. IWPR’s new research outlines how policymakers can address the immediate and long term needs of women, their families, and their communities in policy responses to the pandemic.

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Three Years After #MeToo, the Movement Remains Critical

Three years ago, the #MeToo movement exposed an open secret: Powerful people, mostly men, were perpetrating abuses with impunity, trusting that the culture of silence around sexual violence would prevent survivors and witnesses alike from leveraging accusations that could bring them down.

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