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History is Made! Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is First Black Woman Confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court!

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) CEO and President C. Nicole Mason today celebrated the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to ever sit on the nation’s highest court.

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U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Triumphs in Landmark Equal Pay Case

Today it was announced that the U.S. National Women’s Soccer team had reached a $24 million settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their suit alleging gender discrimination in pay for the women’s team compared to male counterparts. The settlement also requires the Federation to pay women and men soccer players equally going forward. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) CEO and President C. Nicole Mason today hailed the decision as a milestone in the ongoing fight for equal pay.

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President Biden’s State of the Union Offers Hope for Women’s Equity in the Workplace, Working Families

Washington, D.C. —Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) CEO and President C. Nicole Mason today praised President Biden as he addressed two key issues for working women and their families in last night’s State of the Union address: the persistent gender wage gap and the need for a national family and medical leave policy.

Senate Voting Rights Bill Marked Crucial Turning Point for Democracy and the Role of Women in American Society

Washington, D.C. —Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) CEO and President C. Nicole Mason today lamented the failure of voting rights legislation in the Senate and the fact that trivial concerns about procedure factored into the bill’s undoing.

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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Universal preschool provides excellent benefits to children and families. It improves school readiness and provides long-term educational benefits. Children who attend preschool are less likely to get arrested later in life or face disciplinary measures such as juvenile incarceration.

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The Gender Wage Gap Remains in Year Two of the Pandemic

In 2021, women earned just 83.1 percent of what men earned, based on IWPR’s analysis of median weekly earnings for full-time workers. Wage gaps across gender, race, and ethnicity were profound, with the gap widening most for Black and Hispanic women.

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IWPR Survey Finds Women Want Good Pay, Health Coverage, and Better Benefits

As the nation turns toward recovery, getting women back into the workforce is key. A new survey by IWPR finds solid pay, health insurance, job security, retirement benefits, and paid leave top the list of considerations for women as they re-enter the workforce.

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IWPR Is at the Forefront of Women’s Recovery

As the pandemic enters its third year and the nation turns to recovery, IWPR is committed to amplifying and addressing the challenges women face. IWPR’s new research provides insights and recommendations for policymakers to help meet the urgent and long-term needs of women, their families, and their communities.

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