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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

Spill the Tea
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 Historic Day, We are Reminded of the Power of Women’s Vote and Leadership

Statement from IWPR President, C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. Today, we celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. It was a century’s long struggle led by courageous women of many different races and backgrounds who took to the streets and public square to fight for their rights, believing that voting and representation was critical to their full equality in the United States. For Black women, though, it would take another half century to realize their [...]

August 26, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

Q+A Conversation with Andrea Flynn

Andrea Flynn is joining IWPR from the Roosevelt Institute to head its newly announced Research and Action Hub. Her work includes The Hidden Rules of Race, a book she co-authored on the evolution of racism in our economy; Justice Doesn’t Trickle Down, a report illustrating the inextricable links between women’s health, safety, and economic security; and an essay for Ms. Magazine outlining how COVID-19 is exacerbating underlying gender inequities. Andrea will bring her experience researching systemic gender and racial inequity to build [...]

August 20, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|

Back to the Future: Black Women’s Equal Pay is 100 Years Too Late

Mark 2130 on your calendars, it’s set to be a momentous year. Far from being the year we invent time travel, it’s the year Black women are finally projected to close the wage gap and catch up to White men’s earnings. And that milestone is set to arrive 110 years too late. “That means my daughter and my daughter’s daughter will not see pay equity in their lifetimes,” said IWPR President and CEO C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D., underscoring the real-life [...]

Paid Leave Victory for DC Families

Believe it or not, there is some light in the COVID-19 darkness for working families trying to hang on to their jobs while caring for themselves or family members in a pandemic. As of July 1, 2020, DC Paid Family Leave provides workers employed by private employers in the District with benefits lasting up to eight weeks per year to bond with a new child, six weeks per year to care for a family member with a serious health [...]

August 11, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |
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