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Florida Six-Week Abortion Ban Goes Into Effect

Thanks to the state courts and legislature, as of May 1, abortion access in Florida is now more restricted than ever under the state’s near-total ban. The impact will resonate throughout the state, harming women and hurting the state economy.  

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Senate Holds Key Hearing on the Economic Impact of Abortion Restrictions

IWPR's research shows that abortion restrictions harm women’s health and education leading to disproportionate impacts on the national and state economy. A key Senate committee took up this important issue at a hearing on February 28 and IWPR was there.

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FAFSA Delays-Navigating the Thorny Landscape of College Unaffordability

For many low-income college students, the prevailing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) delays are causing added panic to our ever-growing educational crisis of soaring college costs. IWPR's Policy Team weighs in.

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Mothers’ Wage Inequities Go Beyond Paid Labor

August 15 was Mom's Equal Pay Day and IWPR's research shows that In 2021, working moms made just 62 cents on the dollar compared to working fathers.

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Kim Ng Breaks Another Glass Ceiling

This year, women—and Asian women in particular—have continued to shatter glass ceilings and establish their leadership in historically male spaces. As Senator Kamala Harris prepares to become the Vice President of the United States, and the first woman and Black or Asian person to govern in that position, Kim Ng is also breaking ground by becoming the first woman and the first East Asian general manager of a major league baseball team, serving as general manager for the Miami Marlins. Ng is [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|

Apprenticeships for Women are Building the Future

Last week was National Apprenticeship Week – a week to celebrate the power of apprenticeships to offer good jobs and family-supporting wages. Apprenticeships are ‘earn-as-you-learn’ opportunities that combine paid employment with on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Women apprentices can support themselves and their families while acquiring relevant work experience and industry-recognized credentials, all without getting saddled with the college debt associated with a 4-year degree. Despite these benefits, fewer than one in ten apprentices are women. Women’s underrepresentation in apprenticeships [...]

November 17, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|

“I just feel like I’m falling through the cracks.”

Ilsa, a mother in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was trained as a lawyer, but a decade ago when her children were born, she decided to start a small business because the schedule was more flexible, making it easier to take care of her children. Ten years later, the pandemic forced her to close down her small business for good. Meanwhile, she found herself going through a divorce. She suddenly felt like she lost everything: “If I had gone out to be [...]

November 13, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

“I experienced unpredictability because I was working full-time and no longer had child care”

"I experienced unpredictability because I was working full-time and no longer had child care"

November 12, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , , , |

(Transcript) Build(ing) the Future: A Symposium on the Policies we need for an Equitable Future for Women & Families

If you don’t understand who’s being most impacted by your policies, your strategies, and what you think should be done, the policies and programs you put forth will be short sighted and not reflective of the lived experiences and realities of those who are most impacted.

November 12, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , , , |

“I felt guilt making this decision to step out of the workplace”

Establish a National Child Care Infrastructure Like many working mothers, Nancy, a public affairs professional in Arlington, Virginia, left the workplace where she had spent almost 15 years in order to take care of her two-month old son when the pandemic took away her child care options. She expressed a sense of guilt in an interview with WBUR: “[M]y mother, she dedicated her life to raising me and my siblings. And while I think we are as successful today because [...]

November 10, 2020|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , |