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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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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. They are often a steppingstone to career advancement and economic security for parents and their children. But it is essential that student parents have the resources and tools to enable them to navigate their academic careers while also raising young children. To [...]

August 16, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

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.[i] The wage gap is narrower when only full-time, year-round [...]

May 2, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, Media|

The Case for Subsidized Child Care

The evidence is clear: Building a strong child care infrastructure is necessary for a prosperous economy. Subsidized child care allows mothers to work more and spend less, resulting in greater savings for retirement and improved economic security later in life. It supports working parents while creating new jobs.

April 21, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR, Media|Tags: |

Not Just 9 to 5: Expanding Child Care Options for Parents Working Nontraditional Hours

In the United States, a whopping 43 percent of children have a parent who works “nontraditional hours,” or during the early mornings, nights, or weekends. And yet just 8 percent of child care centers offer care before 7am or after 6pm. While families of all types require care during nontraditional hours, Black and Latinx workers and low-income workers are disproportionately more likely to work during nontraditional hours.

April 18, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, Media|Tags: |

It’s Time to Reframe Care as a Public Good

In March, academics, researchers, and advocates came together to discuss the future of the U.S. care infrastructure at a conference presented by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American University's Program on Gender Analysis in Economics, and the Carework Network. Taking stock of the caregiving landscape in the age of COVID-19, panelists focused on the impact of the pandemic, the current policy environment, shifting narratives around care, and the urgent changes needed to create a care system that works for women and families.

April 12, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|Tags: , , |

Care Workers Join Older Adult and Disability Advocates to Call for Vital Reforms

Last week, disability rights advocates were joined by caregiving professionals and policymakers at a rally in Washington, DC, to call for much-needed investment in the care infrastructure. Rally participants delivered the call to invest in care—with a focus on home and community-based services and living wages for direct care workers—at an important moment, as Congress continues to debate legislature that would provide critical funding like the Build Back Better Act and its reincarnations.

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