This has been a whirlwind year, one in which sociopolitical, health, and economic crises leveled the gains working women and their families made in the years since the Great Recession. This has made our work at IWPR more important than ever. These past few weeks, we’ve been working to end the year with a bang by setting a bold policy agenda that will build women’s power and influence in 2021. Here’s what we’ve been doing:
Highlighting women’s experiences and needs during the pandemic
This past week, we spoke to the New York Times about the impact the pandemic will have on women’s retirement savings and the need to pass equal pay legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act in order to protect women’s long-term financial interests. We were cited in the Wall Street Journal for our analysis on women’s unemployment during the pandemic and its disproportionate consequences for BIPOC women. Finally, we spoke to Bloomberg about the challenges working mothers have faced over the past year due to lack of child care and the impetus for securing child care funding at the state level. This work has served to highlight the unique needs of women, especially working mothers, so that they are not left out of policy solutions during the recovery.
Expanding our state-by-state analysis on the status of women
This week, we’ve been building off of our economic recovery reportand taking an in depth look at how the pandemic and recession have impacted women and their families in states across the country. So far, we’ve looked at:
- The need to extend unemployment insurance
- The rise of housing insecurity
- Hunger and food insecurity
- Interviews with advocates in Kansas, Missouri, and Rhode Island
- Feedback from women’s funds around the country. You can follow the conversation on Twitter by searching the hashtag #GenderEquitableRecovery.
Planning big for the new year
We’re hosting an ambitious campaign to raise $100,000 by the end of December to support our new initiatives in 2021. We’ll be launching a new Research and Action Hub and releasing a feasibility study on the benefits of a national childcare system. Donate now to double your impact—the first $15,000 will go twice as far thanks to a generous matching donation! So far, we’ve raised more than 20% of our goal! Give today and help us secure women’s power in the new year.