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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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The U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace

Women have long been at the forefront of the labor rights movements. Yet, in 2023, women still face high rates of gender-based violence in the workforce and are often last considered in labor protections. Due to global gender inequity, workplace gender-based violence is a global problem that is experienced in all fields of work. Despite growing attention and activism around gender-based violence in the workplace, gender discrimination remains a serious problem. President Biden came into office announcing his intention to [...]

One Year Ago This Week, A Supreme Court Leak Foretold the End of Roe v. Wade

This week marks a full year since Politico published a leaked draft of the opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturned Roe v. Wade. That leak turned out to be an accurate preview of what we all feared was coming: the complete upending of abortion access across the United States.   The Dobbs decision has had devastating impacts, triggering a cascade of abortion bans in the states. A year on from the leak, 14 states [...]

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|