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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
This past Saturday, IWPR President & CEO, C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D. got the opportunity to talk to CBS This Morning about the damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on wages and employment for women of color and especially women with children. As most childcare centers remain closed, and women in the service, education, and health services sector have experienced the greatest job loss, Nicole said, "When you couple that with the pay gap and the, you [...]
We mourn and condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have lost their lives to police violence and racial hatred. We send our heartfelt condolences to their families and the communities that have been impacted by the loss of their loved ones, and commit to working alongside them until there is justice. The terror, racism, and differential treatment visited upon Blacks in the U.S. on a near daily basis at the [...]