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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

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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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Not Built with Them in Mind: It’s Time to Center Black Single Mothers in Higher Ed

“College campuses were not designed with student parents in mind.” This is now a common refrain echoed among student parent success advocates. It must be acknowledged, too, that the U.S. system of higher education was not designed for women, Black people, anyone parenting while in college, or those who experience life at the intersections of all three of these identities.

The Future of the Expanded Child Tax Credit: Holding on to Hope

Expanding the Child Tax Credit was a historic policy moment and a hopeful national experiment on how recurring payments to families with children can impact economic security. How might we build on this to secure a brighter future for women and families?

A Historic Expansion in Paid Family and Medical Leave in the Nation’s Capital

This month, DC’s Paid Family Leave Program was approved to expand in a powerful way, thanks to a law that Councilmember Elissa Silverman successfully entered into the 2022 Budget. The expansion, which will go into effect beginning July 1, 2022, will increase paid leave for private sector workers from 8 to 12 weeks for parental leave, and from 6 to 12 weeks for family caregiving leave and medical leave. Employers will also see a reduced payroll tax rate after the policy’s reevaluation by the City’s Chief Financial Officer.

March 24, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

Equal Pay Day 2022: Digging Deeper into This Year’s Gender Wage Gap

Equal Pay Day, March 15th, is a day of observance of the persistent gender wage gap in the United States. It marks how far into the new year that women must work to earn what men made in the previous year. Women working full-time earn 83.1 percent of men’s median weekly earnings. But this figure only tells part of the story because it only includes full-time workers. Women are more likely than men to work part-time due to family responsibilities, [...]

March 16, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

Conference on the U.S. Care Infrastructure to Highlight Problems and Possibilities Post-COVID

On March 4 and 5, 2022, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research will host a conference on “The U.S. Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality” with the American University Program on Gender Analysis in Economics and the Carework Network. With the fate of the Build Back Better agenda uncertain, and the U.S. care infrastructure in imminent need of overhaul, expert panelists will discuss what is necessary to ensure a comprehensive and equitable care infrastructure both for people who do care [...]

February 25, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , , , |

Student Debt Is a Crisis for Women, and Black Women Bear the Greatest Burden

After treading water through two years of pandemic-related student loan forbearance, people with student debt are due to resume payments on May 1, 2022, a shift that will leave many to drown. Student debt is a crisis in the United States, and one that disproportionately impacts women and people of color. Achieving economic mobility—or even just stability—often requires a postsecondary credential. While some unique career paths, like construction trades, offer apprenticeship as a pathway to good jobs, the vast majority [...]

February 17, 2022|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |
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