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Access to reproductive health care is dependent on where you live and how your state’s laws protect – or restrict – abortion

When the Supreme Court ruled on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June 2022, the decision upended fifty years of precedent by overturning Roe v. Wade – and created a legal quagmire that continues to play out on a state level across the country. In the wake of the decision, the accessibility of abortion is caught up in a complex web of state laws, legal challenges, and the threat of further restrictions – complicated by perennial challenges to accessibility like cost.

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The Wage Gap for Asian American and Pacific Islander Women by State

May 3rd is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Women’s Equal Pay Day—the day an average AAPI woman must work into the new year to make what the average White man made the year prior. Based on the median annual earnings of anyone who worked for pay in 2019 (latest available data), AAPI women earned just 75.5 percent of what White men made: $38,392 compared to $50,849 for White men

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Fostering Student Parent Success at Los Angeles Valley College: The Role of the Family Resource Center

Watch Webinar Recording Across the country, community colleges provide critical on-ramps to higher education and opportunities for skill enhancement for low-to-moderate-income families, including student parents, at a fraction of the cost of four-year private institutions.

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Weekly News Roundup – March 1 to 5, 2021

Activism on the Frontlines  (03/04/21) When it comes to Myanmar’s protests, women have been in the frontlines. Security forces have killed at least thirty people nationwide in the single bloodiest day since the February 1 coup according to the United Nations, including 18-year-old Ma Kyal Sin. Kyal Sin, like many other women at the forefront of the Myanmar’s protest movement, gathered for marches in response to when the generals ousted Aung San Suu Kyi, a civilian leader, and reimposed a [...]

March 5, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

COVID-19 Related Long-Term Unemployment Could Lead to Long-Term Scarring, Especially for Women of Color

Almost four in ten unemployed women have now been out of work long-term, for 27 weeks or longer. Between February 2020 and January 2021, the number of unemployed women almost doubled (from 2.7 to 4.8 million), but the number of long-term unemployed more than tripled (from 491,000 to 1.9 million). While the overall rate of unemployment fell slightly in January (to 6.3%), the share of unemployed women who were unemployed for more than half a year increased (to 38.9%). Added [...]

March 1, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |

Weekly News Roundup – February 22 to 26, 2021

House Legislation and Presidential Action  (02/26/21) Raising the minimum wage in the American Rescue Plan was nixed by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough. MacDonough is the unelected, nonpartisan interpreter of chamber rules, commonly referred to as the Senate referee. She asserts that the push to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour did not meet the strict requirements of reconciliation, a process that allows the majority party to pass big-ticket legislation with a 51-vote majority. The full scale of this decision will [...]

February 26, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

As Low Wage Care Jobs Projected to Increase Over the Decade, the Minimum Wage Needs to Increase Too

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the pernicious effect of deep racial and gender inequities in the labor market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 10-year projections about growing (and declining) jobs suggest a grim post-COVID future. The projections are published annually after extensive consultations about likely change for 790 detailed occupations with industry and demographic experts; for 2019-2029 they estimate that there will be 4.78 million more workers in the workforce in 2029 than in 2019 and their model [...]

February 24, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

What Women Want: IWPR National Survey Details Priorities for the New Administration

A new National Survey by IWPR finds in first 100 days and beyond, affordable, high-quality healthcare, getting the economic recession under control, and job creation are top priorities for women for the new Administration and Congress. Women have been most affected by the COVID-incited economic downturn

Congress Considers a Minimum Wage Boost – What the Fight for 15 Means for Women

Big things are happening for the minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Act, which includes a $15 minimum wage and full elimination of the subminimum wage for tipped workers, disabled workers, and youth continues to move through Congress. If passed in the House of Representatives, the bill would move to the Senate, where the Senate Parliamentarian will decide if the Raise the Wage Act will remain a part Biden’s existing COVID relief plan. If it does not move forward with [...]

February 22, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |
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