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Florida Six-Week Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

Thanks to the state courts and legislature, as of May 1, abortion access in Florida is now more restricted than ever under the state’s near-total ban. The impact will resonate throughout the state, harming women and hurting the state economy.  

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Senate Holds Key Hearing on the Economic Impact of Abortion Restrictions

IWPR's research shows that abortion restrictions harm women’s health and education leading to disproportionate impacts on the national and state economy. A key Senate committee took up this important issue at a hearing on February 28 and IWPR was there.

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FAFSA Delays-Navigating the Thorny Landscape of College Unaffordability

For many low-income college students, the prevailing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) delays are causing added panic to our ever-growing educational crisis of soaring college costs. IWPR's Policy Team weighs in.

Moms EPD 2023
Mothers’ Wage Inequities Go Beyond Paid Labor

August 15 was Mom's Equal Pay Day and IWPR's research shows that In 2021, working moms made just 62 cents on the dollar compared to working fathers.

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Incubators for Improved Maternal Health: States’ Role in Ending the Black Maternal Health Crisis

The impacts of the Black maternal health crisis in the United States are hitting home, both in the lives of Black women and their families and in the states in which they reside. Black women are about three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than White women. This disparity is driven by structural racism, which is deep-seated in reproductive health care and economic policies at all levels of government. Restrictive state laws governing bodily autonomy and [...]

April 17, 2024|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|Tags: , |

The Pervasive Legacy of Medical Racism and Its Role in the Black Maternal Health Crisis

“Listen to the whispers before they become screams.” That was the title of an article published in 2023 on Black maternal mortality in the United States. While the article is well done and chock-full of essential information, the title rings false. The whispers are screams. And they have been for centuries, growing louder with each passing decade of inaction. History and current trends prove this point and are part of a larger issue. This Black Maternal Health Week, it [...]

April 15, 2024|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , |

Congress Has a Responsibility to End the Black Maternal Health Crisis

Yesterday marked the start of Black Maternal Health Week, a crucial time to lift up the voices and perspectives of Black mothers and birthing people amid a national crisis in Black maternal health.  Among wealthy and “developed” nations, the US has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world. Data show that Black women are around three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related issue than White non-Hispanic women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and [...]

April 12, 2024|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |

Care Conference 2024: Economic Policies for Gender & Racial Equity—Earnings, Care, and Public Revenue 

This is the first blog in a series detailing the panels and discussions that took place at the recent 2024 Care Conference hosted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and American University’s Program on Gender Analysis in Economics (PGAE). Throughout human existence, every person has needed and experienced the care of another. Care work—whether paid or unpaid—provides the foundation on which other work is built, yet care is a neglected aspect of the economy. To put care at [...]

April 12, 2024|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women and the Wage Gap

April 3 is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Equal Pay Day. New IWPR research finds that in 2022, for full-time year-round workers, AANHPI women were paid just 92.7 cents per dollar earned by White men. AANHPI women made less than White men in all states for which data are available for all workers with earnings. In Mississippi, AANHPI women were paid just 51.3 cents on the dollar paid to White men for all workers with earnings. [...]

April 2, 2024|Categories: In the Lead|

It’s Women’s History Month: If Only the Wage Gap Was History, Too

March marks Women’s History Month—an opportunity to celebrate and honor women’s contributions to society and the economy. Yet women’s work remains undervalued and underpaid. Women work in jobs that pay them less than men, both within the same occupation and across different sectors. Indeed, the long-standing gender and racial inequalities in the labor market were, yet again, largely due to occupational segregation. IWPR’s most recent analysis finds that: Women faced substantial wage gaps, irrespective of whether they worked in female-dominated [...]

March 27, 2024|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|