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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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Unemployment insurance is vital for women’s economic security during the pandemic

This article is part of a week-long series for IWPR’s signature Status of Women in the States project. The work featured in this series highlights the various ways the pandemic and related economic crisis are impacting women and their families at the state level. This project builds on IWPR’s recent economic recovery report that details the extent to which women, and particularly women of color, have shouldered the greatest burden of the economic crisis, and proposes a slate of bold policies to ensure a gender-equitable [...]

December 14, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|

The FFRCA is set to expire. Its paid sick day protections are more important now than ever.

The ongoing spread of the COVID pandemic, now more than ever, makes it evident that we need a national guarantee of permanent paid sick days laws to support the health and economic security of workers and their families.

December 9, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

Congress Must Double Down on Pandemic Relief for Students Parents at Community Colleges

Congress needs to act now to support student parents and avoid further pandemic related educational interruptions by providing relief for those at community colleges.

Melinda Gates Believes the United States Needs a Child Care Infrastructure. We Do Too.

The coronavirus has laid bare what was painfully clear to many families already: The caregiving system in the United States is broken, and it is women who are paying the price. - Melinda Gates   In yesterday's Washington Post op-ed, Melinda Gates offered a clear call to action: provide federal funding to rebuild child care infrastructure and expand work supports including paid leave and Medicare to promote economic security for women and working families. These critical policies would have facilitated [...]

December 3, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |

Congress needs to act now—women and families risk devastation after December 26 expiry of CARES Act benefits

The CARES Act, passed in March 2020, proved to be a lifeline for many women and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The benefits introduced by the CARES Act, including the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit, lifted more than 18 million individuals out of poverty in April, a majority of whom were women. Women outnumber men among state unemployment insurance claimants both nationally and in the large majority of the states. By September, after the weekly federal benefit ended, the [...]

November 20, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |
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