Institute for Women's Policy Research

Institute for Women's Policy Research A Just Future Begins with Bold Ideas. IWPR is the leading think tank in the U.S. committed to advancing women’s economic security and cultivating women’s leadership in the workforce and in their communities.
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Mission: The Institute for Women's Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.

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"What could I do with a million extra dollars in my pocket?That is the question many working women will be contemplating...
08/13/2020
As a Black single mom, how much money will I have lost out on by the end of my career?

"What could I do with a million extra dollars in my pocket?

That is the question many working women will be contemplating at the end of their careers. As a Black single mother and the breadwinner in my family, I will have to work harder and longer to achieve the same markers of financial success — homeownership, savings and wealth — as most men."

On #BlackWomensEqualPayDay, IWPR President/CEO C. Nicole Mason examines the implications of the racial gender wage gap.

Aug. 13 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day

Senator Kamala Harris is making history!Women and POC will shape the 2020 election. 👏🏽👏🏾👏🏻👏🏿#ChangeisHere
08/11/2020

Senator Kamala Harris is making history!

Women and POC will shape the 2020 election. 👏🏽👏🏾👏🏻👏🏿

#ChangeisHere

As the U.S. community college system places growing emphasis on holistic approaches to improving student outcomes, insti...
08/06/2020

As the U.S. community college system places growing emphasis on holistic approaches to improving student outcomes, institutions, communities, and policymakers must consider how to better support students’ access to sexual and reproductive health services and information.

Our latest report describes findings around promising programs and practices that community colleges can use to help meet their students’ sexual and reproductive health needs.

https://iwpr.org/publications/serving-the-sexual-and-reproductive-health-needs-of-community-college-students-promising-practices-to-promote-student-success/

For the first time in history, the US is in a “shecession” – an economic downturn where job and income losses are affect...
08/04/2020
The 'shecession': why economic crisis is affecting women more than men

For the first time in history, the US is in a “shecession” – an economic downturn where job and income losses are affecting women more than men.

“Many of the challenges that are facing women of color workers, issues around childcare, issues around lower wages, issues of lack of flexibility and lack of job security, have all been made worst by the pandemic,” IWPR President C. Nicole Mason said. “So the situation for women who were struggling before the pandemic has only gotten worse.”

From February to May, 11.5 million women lost their jobs compared with 9 million men – underlining how women are more vulnerable to sudden losses of income

Nearly four million U.S. undergraduate college students are parents or guardians of children under the age of 18. These ...
07/28/2020
Prioritizing Student Parents in COVID-19 Response and Relief | Institute for Women's Policy Research

Nearly four million U.S. undergraduate college students are parents or guardians of children under the age of 18. These student parents, who already faced immense financial, child care, food, and housing insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic, are now dealing with multiple new barriers, including school closures, lay-offs, and child care disruptions, among other challenges.

This briefing paper outlines how state and federal policymakers can center the immediate and long term needs of student parents in policy responses to the pandemic, so that they are able to safeguard their families’ economic well-being and continue along their pathway to college attainment.

INTRODUCTION   Nearly four million U.S. undergraduate college students are parents or guardians of children under the age of 18. These student parents, who already faced immense financial, child care, food, and housing insecurity before the COVID-19 pandemic, are now dealing with multiple new barri...

“Black and Latinx women specifically make up between 26% to 28% of those working in the service sector,” says Dr. C. Nic...
07/21/2020
American Workers Aren’t Just Making Low Wages. They’re Being Robbed.

“Black and Latinx women specifically make up between 26% to 28% of those working in the service sector,” says Dr. C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. “These are jobs that are lower paying, have fewer benefits, less job security, the first to go when there's an economic downturn.”

The pandemic and recession have highlighted systemic economic inequities, but stagnant wages and rising living costs—especially for women and people of color—have long threatened Americans' financial security.

Today, too many people in the U.S. make low wages they can barely survive on. And the pandemic is only making survival harder.

"There’s some critical challenges, most of them related to care, that women will have to overcome, before they can not o...
07/16/2020
America’s child care problem is an economic problem

"There’s some critical challenges, most of them related to care, that women will have to overcome, before they can not only reenter the workforce but also sustain employment.” -IWPR President C. Nicole Mason

The lack of child care poses a risk to women's workforce participation. We need to change that now.

"Families are not okay," one expert says. It’s making the economic crisis way worse.

We're excited for our new partnership with The Lily! Our monthly column will highlight our research, provide timely comm...
07/10/2020
I felt like I had to go part-time when my kids were young. This shouldn’t be the norm.

We're excited for our new partnership with The Lily! Our monthly column will highlight our research, provide timely commentary, and help shape the national conversation on the issues that are important to the women and families we care most about.

Our first column explores how women internalize the responsibility and burden of care, and the impact it has on their careers and overall well-being.

Mothers engage in 300 more hours of paid work per year than they did 40 years ago

Our research shows women who have access to legal contraception beginning at ages 18 to 21 earn an estimated 5% more per...
07/09/2020
The Supreme Court's ruling on the ACA's birth control mandate could cost women hundreds of dollars each year

Our research shows women who have access to legal contraception beginning at ages 18 to 21 earn an estimated 5% more per hour and 11% more per year by the time they’re 40 than those who do not have access to birth control. Contraceptive access has been found to increase women’s college enrollment and labor force participation. The Supreme Court's birth control mandate threatens women's bodily autonomy and economic security.

Any employer with a sincere religious or moral objection can now opt out of covering birth control in employee health plans, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. That decision could cost those who use contraception hundreds of dollars per year in out-of-pocket costs alone.

We are thrilled to join our partners Imaginable Futures Lumina Foundation  and leading #HigherEd organizations to congra...
07/08/2020
15 Winners Awarded $1.55 Million Rise Prize

We are thrilled to join our partners Imaginable Futures Lumina Foundation and leading #HigherEd organizations to congratulate the 15 winners of the #RisePrize, who won $1.55M in combined prizes for their innovative solutions supporting #studentparents. Congratulations to this incredible group of changemakers, entrepreneurs, and innovators!

Imaginable Futures, a venture of The Omidyar Group, and Lumina Foundation, along with a group of leading partner organizations and seven prominent judges, announced the 15 winners of the Rise Prize, awarding $1.55 million in combined prizes to the best innovative ideas supporting the postsecondary s...

Women and Black people have been disproportionately impacted by unemployment during the pandemic. They stand to lose the...
07/07/2020
Ending the extra $600 federal benefit will harm 'vast majority' of unemployed workers, especially women and people of color

Women and Black people have been disproportionately impacted by unemployment during the pandemic. They stand to lose the most if the $600 federal unemployment benefit ends at the end of July.

If Congress decides not to extend the extra $600 a week in federal unemployment benefits past its July 31 end date, the "vast majority" of unemployed workers will be "harmed" without it, according to the House Ways and Means Committee.

Catch our "Work Supports for Health: The Earned Income Tax Credit" webinar today at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. The Earne...
06/25/2020
[Webinar] Work Supports and Health: The Earned Income Tax Credit | Institute for Women's Policy Research

Catch our "Work Supports for Health: The Earned Income Tax Credit" webinar today at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT.

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a vital work support for women and families. By boosting people’s income, helping to reduce economic hardship, and putting more money into local economies, the EITC acts as an effective tool for improving the well-being of families and communities. The EITC improves health outcomes and economic security, especially important as we look to find support and solutions to help families during the global pandemic.

The COVID-19 global pandemic is having a substantial impact on the economy; most experts agree that the United States, among other countries, is headed for a major recession. Sound job creation and employment maintenance efforts will be critical to improving public health and restoring the economy i...

Salary histories perpetuate past inequities and aid institutional discrimination. Salary history bans reduce inequality,...
06/18/2020
Study Finds Salary History Bans Boost Pay for African-Americans, Women

Salary histories perpetuate past inequities and aid institutional discrimination. Salary history bans reduce inequality, especially for women and Black job changers, without adverse effects on job turnover or job changing rates.

As many companies across the U.S. explore ways to promote more racial equality in hiring, new research suggests banning salary history questions for job applicants provides considerable benefits for African-Americans and women.

Join PowHer NY for a live panel about the challenges of motherhood and work during COVID-19.Our nation is being impacted...
06/12/2020
Motherhood, Race, and Work

Join PowHer NY for a live panel about the challenges of motherhood and work during COVID-19.

Our nation is being impacted by a global pandemic and reckoning with long-standing, structural racism. This event will discuss the experience of mothers, and particularly mothers of color, as they navigate employment, care-giving, and financial insecurity.

Join PowHerNY for a live panel about the challenges of motherhood and work during COVID-19.

"IWPR stands in solidarity with Black women and men, their families, & communities as well as with the protestors who ha...
06/11/2020
Statement from IWPR Staff on the Murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery

"IWPR stands in solidarity with Black women and men, their families, & communities as well as with the protestors who have taken to the streets to demand reform, accountability, equal protection under the law, & above all justice."

Read our full statement:

We mourn and condemn the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others who have lost their lives to police violence and racial hatred. We send our heartfelt condolence…

For years, black women have faced a double bind of racial and gender discrimination.According to a 2017 report by the In...
06/10/2020
Why Aren’t We All Talking About Breonna Taylor?

For years, black women have faced a double bind of racial and gender discrimination.

According to a 2017 report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research, black women remain underrepresented in the political system, black women are more likely to work jobs that lack crucial benefits and protections, more black women live in poverty than any other group, black women experience higher rates of intimate partner violence, and the gender barriers in access to health care are higher for black women than white women.

Black women are being left out of the narratives of police violence. They deserve visibility. We need to hear their stories. #BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName

Like George Floyd, she was also killed by the police, but her case remains largely disconnected from the broader narrative.

For all the talk of getting America back to work, the reality remains the same: Many working parents won’t come back if ...
06/02/2020
U.S. wants to reopen its economy. It won’t happen without work support

For all the talk of getting America back to work, the reality remains the same: Many working parents won’t come back if they don’t have somewhere safe for their kids.

Coronavirus closures are laying bare how much parents struggles and the instability of the child care industry and work support have been overlooked.

Care work IS essential work. It is time this critical contribution to the economy is justly valued and compensated.
06/01/2020
America Never Valued Care Workers. Then a Pandemic Hit.

Care work IS essential work. It is time this critical contribution to the economy is justly valued and compensated.

Now everyone knows teachers, child care providers, and health aides are essential workers. Will that finally get them the pay and protections they deserve?

Ethnic Media Services
06/01/2020

Ethnic Media Services

Ethnic Media Services COVID-19 Coverage: THE SHADOW PANDEMIC: WOMEN WORK LONGER, SLEEP LESS DUE TO COVID-19 https://bit.ly/2AhhyUh UN Women Institute for Women's Policy Research Pulte Institute for Global Development Fordham University Venice Family Clinic

05/29/2020
Face The Nation

Face The Nation

Why are women of color being hit hard by the #COVID #economiccrisis?

Institute for Women's Policy Research's Dr. Nicole Mason explains they're "disproportionately and overrepresented in service sectors" like education, hospitality, and leisure --sectors hit hard by stay-at-home orders

https://cbsn.ws/3gvbA2G

Job losses, child care and school closures, and the lack of income relief are putting single mothers in the impossible p...
05/27/2020
Single Mothers Hit Hard by Job Losses

Job losses, child care and school closures, and the lack of income relief are putting single mothers in the impossible position of choosing between work and family.

They've lost jobs at a much higher rate than other families with children.

Who gives care during the #Covid19 pandemic? How are women from different socio-economic backgrounds being affected? Joi...
05/21/2020
Video Conferencing, Web Conferencing, Online Meetings, Screen Sharing - Zoom

Who gives care during the #Covid19 pandemic? How are women from different socio-economic backgrounds being affected? Join us to discuss efforts to support caregivers during the crisis.

*WEBINAR* May 27 at 12:00 pm EDT featuring: Institute for Women's Policy Research, Center for Law and Social Policy, A Better Balance, and Oxfam.

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and screen-sharing experience across Zoom Rooms, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and H.323/SIP room systems.

Disproportionate childcare responsibilities and job losses due to sex segregation in the workforce are compounding the i...
05/20/2020
Coronavirus Employment Shock Hits Women Harder Than Men

Disproportionate childcare responsibilities and job losses due to sex segregation in the workforce are compounding the impact of the recession for women.

Growth in service professions has allowed women to overtake men as a proportion of the U.S. labor force. But it has also made them more vulnerable to job losses, because sectors such as education and hospitality have been hardest hit by social-distancing measures.

The "she-cession" is underscoring longstanding problems women have faced in the workforce: low wages, unaffordable child...
05/09/2020
For the First Time in Decades, This Recession Is a ‘Shecession’

The "she-cession" is underscoring longstanding problems women have faced in the workforce: low wages, unaffordable child care, and the undervaluation of female-dominated jobs. It is also showing that it is no longer optional but necessary to implement work supports that benefit women, like paid sick leave.

A majority of the jobs lost in April were held by women, a sharp reversal of gains in the labor market.

Women are no longer a majority of the workforce, accounting for for 60% of the jobs lost in March and 55% of the 20.5 mi...
05/08/2020
Working women, and especially single moms, are hit hard by coronavirus downturn

Women are no longer a majority of the workforce, accounting for for 60% of the jobs lost in March and 55% of the 20.5 million jobs shed in April. #JobsDay

Before she was laid off from her bartending job in Charleston, South Carolina, Shana Swain used to spend her nights serving food and mixing Manhattans and Cosmopolitans.

Today, #JobsDay data shows steep increases in unemployment. The loss of jobs in sectors dominated by women will hit fami...
05/08/2020
Holding Up Half the Sky: Mothers as Workers, Primary Caregivers, & Breadwinners During COVID-19 | Institute for Women's Policy Research

Today, #JobsDay data shows steep increases in unemployment. The loss of jobs in sectors dominated by women will hit families hard, especially those where women are the primary or co-breadwinner. One in two of more than 30 million families in the U.S. with children have a breadwinner mother.

In the United States, women now make up more than 50 percent of the workforce, reflecting growth in health care, education, and service sectors over the last decade. The decline of the wages and real earnings of all workers over time coupled with the rise in cost of living expenses, such as housing,...

#COVID19 related job losses are disproportionately impacting women, and the financial repercussions will affect women's ...
05/04/2020
Why Are COVID-19-Related Job Losses Hitting Women Harder Than Men?

#COVID19 related job losses are disproportionately impacting women, and the financial repercussions will affect women's economic security for years to come.

Women are losing their jobs at a faster rate and are increasingly finding themselves in a seemingly impossible balancing act of juggling career and family demands.

States are promising to provide childcare for essential workers, but many cash strapped providers are struggling to stay...
04/23/2020
The Heartbreaking Choices Faced by Child Care Providers on the Front Lines

States are promising to provide childcare for essential workers, but many cash strapped providers are struggling to stay open and federal funding through the CARES Act isn't enough to save them.

They were already holding up the economy while operating on razor-thin margins. Now, they are taking care of the children of essential workers as costs and obstacles mount.

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Women’s Institute for Policy Research is launching an a equal Pay campaign to highlight he impact of of wage inequality among working women. Please be aware of pay inequality in all professions and occupations.
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Is their any research out there that talks about the debt in America that is owed to our children? OVER $117 BILLION dollars is owed in back child support. No one ever talks about this, including our elected officials. PLEASE talk about this. Single Mom's need to be heard. It's a struggle every day for moms and children who are not receiving their court ordered child support. Please look at the figures by State. Click on this link and go to page 90. There is no excuse for a court order for child support to EVER get this high in each State. No one is doing anything about it. Every year it goes up BY MILLIONS! Please help. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/programs/css/fy_2017_preliminary_data_report.pdf?nocache=1529610354
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