American Families Hurtle Towards the "Child Care Cliff"
American families are less than two weeks away from the expiration of child care stabilization funding – what experts are calling a “child care cliff”— and there is no indication that policymakers in Washington intend to stop it.
Three Ways to Build On the Families First Coronavirus Response Act A new study in the journal Health Affairs this week, “COVID-19 Emergency Sick Leave Significantly Reduced US COVID-19 Cases”, finds that the emergency paid leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) reduced the number of COVID-19 cases. Between mid-March (FFCRA was enacted on March 18) and the end of May, an average of 400 cases per day in each state were averted by providing a new right [...]
Three years ago, the #MeToo movement exposed an open secret: Survivors of sexual violence were living with shame, guilt, and fear over their assaults while their assailants faced no consequences for their actions. Powerful people, mostly men, were perpetrating abuses with impunity, trusting that the culture of silence around sexual violence would prevent survivors and witnesses alike from leveraging accusations that could bring them down.
IWPR has been exploring women and the political landscape by looking at the status of women in swing states. This series leading up to the election looks at policies that support working women and families, and the bold policy changes that are needed to support a holistic and equitable recovery from COVID and the recession. Today, we're looking at North Carolina. Women will be among the most important voting demographics in North Carolina. Women in the United States make up [...]
“This election season, there’s an opportunity to create a system that works: one that prioritizes issues such as child care, paid family leave, and economic policies that do more than close the pay gap,” said IWPR president and CEO C. Nicole Mason in a perspective piece for Washington Post’s The Lily. IWPR continues to push for gender equity in all forms. With the first presidential debate behind us, the 2020 presidential election is only 22 days away. In a continuation [...]
Data collection is at the core of many efforts to enforce gender equity in the workplace. Federal laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 make sexual harassment and pay discrimination in the workplace illegal. However, gender-based discrimination persists, requiring state and federal agencies to develop policies to hold employers accountable for not protecting women workers.