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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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Retail and Warehousing: The Workers Powering the Holiday Season

As more families buy their holiday gifts online rather than in-store, it’s increasingly warehouse and transportation workers whose labor makes gift-giving possible. The CEOs of ecommerce behemoths have already increased their wealth by tens of billions of dollars during the pandemic, and will rake in billions more over the holiday season. Meanwhile, traditional retail jobs trail far behind their pre-COVID numbers. And many individuals—including retail and warehousing workers—struggle to stay afloat in the aftermath of the COVID recession. Even before [...]

December 13, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: |

Join Us Next Week! IWPR Hosts Two Webinars on Young Women and Mothers in the Pandemic Recession

REGISTER TODAY Young women are starting their careers in a world marked by pandemic, recession, and rapid change. Broad structural change is key to uplifting young working women and their families during COVID-19 recovery. Join Institute for Women's Policy Research’s upcoming webinars next week, December 14 and 16, that will focus on their experiences, economic situations, and what we can do to uplift the next generation of working women and young parents. Tune in to listen [...]

December 9, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , |

“She-flation”? What the Rise in Inflation Might Mean for Women

Inflation continues to affect the United States economy. In October, the annual inflation rate, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), hit 6.2 percent, the highest in thirty years. Rising prices across a large swath of products—including rent, groceries, and gasoline—can mean more uncertainty for individuals and families living on the margins. For women, high inflation exacerbates an already uneven economic recovery. In response to the child care crisis accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, women’s labor force participation has [...]

December 6, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

IWPR Research Shows Negative Impact of Abortion Bans on State Economies

The Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments on a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy and that state officials have used to urge the court to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision enshrining a woman’s right to choose to terminate her own pregnancy. Institute for Women’s Policy Research President and CEO, C. Nicole Mason, pointed to recent IWPR research showing that these bans and other restrictions on women’s reproductive health hurt state economies even as [...]

December 1, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

TIME’S UP & IWPR PRESENT: The Financial Costs of Workplace Sexual Harassment IG Live

The impacts of workplace sexual harassment are severe and far-reaching.  We have partnered with @TIMESUPNOW for an IG Live event on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 P.M. ET to discuss the financial costs of workplace sexual harassment. TUNE IN to hear from Monifa Bandele, Interim President and CEO of TIME’S UP and our President and CEO C. Nicole Mason.  Want to prepare for the conversation by reading the Charting the Financial Costs of Workplace Sexual Harassment report? Check it out [...]

November 30, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , , |

New Tradeswomen Survey Shows that Construction Industry Needs to Tackle Discrimination and Harassment to Retain Women; Oregon Initiatives Show How

More women than ever work in the construction trades. The Infrastructure Bill, signed by President Biden last week, will create new opportunities for the construction industry to further improve women’s access to good jobs in the industry. Doing it right will require input and direction from tradeswomen themselves. A new report from IWPR shares the insights and experiences of more than 2,600 tradeswomen—uncovering what brought them to the trades, what challenges they face, and what helps them stay and succeed. [...]

November 22, 2021|Categories: In the Lead|Tags: , |
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