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Child Care Cliff
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.

Moms EPD 2023
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.

Black Womens EPD 2023
Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2023: No Matter What State They Live In, Black Women Make Less Than White Men

Black women earned 64 cents for every dollar earned by White men in 2022 and won't reach pay equity until 2144, according to data released by IWPR ahead of Black women’s Equal Pay Day.

OTC Contraception
FDA Approval of First Daily Over the counter oral contraceptive

In a significant milestone for women's reproductive health, this week, the FDA announced its approval for the first daily oral contraceptive in the U.S. without a prescription.

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Reflecting On All Women’s History This March

The year was 1963: President John F. Kennedy was inaugurated to his second presidential term, the Vietnam and Cold Wars were at their peak, and segregation and its consequences were contaminating the nation. While prices were lower, the cost of denial of human rights was at an all-time high. The American public had to confront the social, political, and economic injustice that founded the country. A critical step in that direction was the passage of the Equal Pay Act, which [...]

Biden Budget Contains Historic Investments in Women, Families, Workers

This week, President Biden released his third budget proposal – a budget that contains historic investments in women, families, and workers. While much of the attention surrounding the budget has been focused on the President’s plan to shore up Medicare by increasing taxes on wealthy Americans and large corporations, the budget also makes significant investments in education, healthcare, the workforce, and social programs. Although it is unlikely to move forward in Congress in this form, the President’s budget offers a [...]

March 10, 2023|Categories: In the Lead, IWPR|

International Women’s Day: A Celebration of Women’s Labor Rights

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8th, marks the achievements and progress of women worldwide while also underscoring the need for continued action and policy change toward gender equity. Celebrated in different forms for over 100 years and officially recognized by the United Nations since 1977, International Women’s Day asserts that the struggle for women’s equality is a global mission and highlights the work left to do to continue the progress we’ve made over time worldwide. International Women’s Day emerged [...]

March 8, 2023|Categories: In the Lead|

Black History Month and the Importance of Black Women’s Experiences

As a leading think-tank focusing on gender equity issues, intersectionality is a core value of IWPR. Intersectionality applies a lens to how systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, and other forms of discrimination intertwine to create unique dynamics and experiences. In our research and policy work, IWPR uses the tool of intersectionality to observe and analyze inequities. In honor of Black History Month, IWPR recognizes the importance of lifting up Black women's [...]

February 24, 2023|Categories: In the Lead, Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Economy|

The Facts Are Clear: Unions Help Women Close the Pay Gap

You wake up; brush your teeth; get dressed. Maybe you make breakfast and send your kids off to school. You get into a car, or a bus, or a train, and commute to work. You spend the day building, or writing, or creating, or filing, or otherwise doing your job; and you do all this knowing that – despite years of hard work – you’re making less money than the men around you. This is the reality for millions of [...]

February 13, 2023|Categories: Economic, Security, Mobility, and Equity, In the Lead|

A Quest to Expand Abortion Access

On January 3, 2023, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) modified the rules that restrict access to the abortion medication mifepristone; this allows pharmacies to dispense the drug directly to patients who have a prescription. The change is a critical step toward broadening the availability of mifepristone and increasing abortion access across the United States. Although the FDA approved mifepristone in 2000, the FDA's placement of the medication on its Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) list has historically hampered [...]

February 3, 2023|Categories: In the Lead, Media|
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