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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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On Election Day, Women Make Their Priorities Clear

Based on the polling and political punditry that have dominated media headlines recently, last week’s election brought a host of surprises. As one critical race heads to a runoff and others may be subject to recounts, the full results and implications of this election will take weeks to unfold. While the remaining votes are counted, we at IWPR – like so many across the country – are taking stock of what this election means for us, our priorities, our work, [...]

November 17, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

NYC Takes Action to Address the Gender Wage Gap

Salary transparency is a fundamental part of the equation for pay equity. Institutional misogyny still thrives within places of employment, making women more susceptible to pay discrimination. With added institutional racism, women who exist at the crux of misogyny and racism must deal with added institutional barriers which limits their ability to attain pay equity. Salary transparency has become a significant step toward addressing the power imbalance between employers and employees and tackling the wage gap. It dispels the air [...]

November 3, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , |

Increasing Black Women’s Access to Education and Economic Power

Black Women's Equal Pay Day, which took place this year on September 21, is a nationally recognized day to highlight the pay and income disparities of Black women compared to their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts in the United States. Black women had to work 21.5 months to make what the average white man has earned in just 12 months. Despite being more likely to be the breadwinners of their families, Black women, on average, need a bachelor's degree to make [...]

California Takes Steps Toward Closing the Wage Gap

On Tuesday September 27, 2022 Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law the California Pay Transparency for Pay Equity Act (SB1162). This new law builds upon pre-existing state fair pay laws and draws the connection between pay transparency and creating a more equitable future. Specifically, the law aims to combat the wage gap on the basis of race and gender in the state of California by requiring employers to disclose salaries of every position within their business along with introducing a [...]

October 3, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|Tags: , |

The Wage Gap for Black Women by State

IWPR’s Equal Pay Day blog series–including those analyzing data on Black women, AAPI women, Native women, Latina women, and Moms–highlights persistent gender wage gaps and unique challenges faced by marginalized communities in the labor market. Women’s experiences are not a monolith -  this is especially true for Black women, who due to the history of institutional racism and misogyny in the United States, bear the unique brunt of experiencing both gender and racial discrimination simultaneously. The historical repercussions of [...]

September 19, 2022|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|

“It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it”

Forty years have passed since the release of the iconic 1980 film – and eponymous song – 9 to 5, and, despite the passage of decades, too many women find themselves still stuck in what Dolly Parton famously labeled a “rich man’s game.” In so many ways, the world has changed since 1980. The year the movie was released, the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, and John Lennon was murdered [...]

September 14, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , |
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