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Back to the Future: Black Women’s Equal Pay is 100 Years Too Late

Mark 2130 on your calendars, it’s set to be a momentous year. Far from being the year we invent time travel, it’s the year Black women are finally projected to close the wage gap and catch up to White men’s earnings. And that milestone is set to arrive 110 years too late.

Black Lives Matter
IWPR Staff Statement on Black Lives Matter

We mourn and condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have lost their lives to police violence and racial hatred. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and the communities that have been impacted by the loss of their loved ones, and commit to working alongside them until there is justice.

Spill the Tea
Spilling the Tea: Why Salary Transparency is Necessary for Pay Equity

Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your paycheck.

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Calculating the True Costs of Experiencing Sexual Harassment

Experiencing workplace sexual harassment carries an emotional burden that’s impossible to adequately quantify—it’s a harsh and sometimes violent misuse of power that can leave lasting psychological trauma for those who experience it. A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and TIME’S UP shows that the costs of sexual harassment don’t end there. For the individuals in the report, economic consequences added up over time can culminate in lifetime costs as high as 1.3 million dollars (see infographic [...]

DC Ranks Top for Women’s Employment and Earnings, but Black and Latina Women Are Left Behind

Since the start of COVID-19, women have been hit hard by the pandemic-fueled “she-cession,” which has exacerbated existing inequities and increased economic insecurity among women. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s new policy brief uses 2019 data to provide a baseline for women’s employment and earnings, ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia on four indicators: women’s earnings, the gender wage gap, women’s participation in the labor force, and women’s representation in managerial and professional occupations. In this [...]

Breaking Barriers, Increasing Visibility for Students with Children

This guest blog post is authored by Ashlee Hernandez, a 2021 alumni of Cal Poly’s Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs graduate program and former student parent. The article was written in connection with IWPR’s Student Parent Success Initiative. Every semester, I pleaded with my professors to release me early from class so I could run to the on-campus child care center before it became dark. To get our parking spot, I needed to walk a mile off-campus where the [...]

Anti-Abortion Laws Cost Americans—and This Supreme Court Case Threatens to Make It Worse

2021 is on track to be the most restrictive anti-abortion year ever among state legislatures. Since January, over 500 abortion restrictions have been introduced across 47 states. Already, this is the second greatest number of restrictions in one year in American history. Just last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a new bill that bans abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat, as early as six weeks. This legislation also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers. Thus, [...]

IWPR Testifies to Congress on the Importance of an Accessible, Affordable Child-Care System

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for a robust child-care infrastructure in the United States. As the country emerges from the COVID-fueled recession and the Biden administration builds its recovery policy, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) remains a strong advocate for the needs of parents and child-care workers. “The lack of access to affordable, reliable child care not only makes it harder for parents to work, it perpetuates systemic gender, racial, and class inequalities by relying on [...]

IWPR’s New Working Moms and the Economy Survey Finds U.S. Moms Want Policy Solutions for Care, Leave, and Jobs

Mothers bear the brunt of paid and unpaid childcare labor: Moms are the majority of childcare workers—frontline jobs which are among the lowest paid occupations for women— and take on the majority of childrearing responsibilities in their own homes. Even before the Pandemic, the motherhood penalty meant mothers earned much less than fathers even working full-time year-round. In 2019, Latina mothers made 46 cents, Indigenous mothers 50 cents, Black mothers 52 cents, White Non-Hispanic mothers 71 cents, and Asian American [...]

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