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On the heels of the economic downturn, working mothers are skeptical about their ability to achieve equal pay. Mothers a...
05/04/2021
New IWPR National Survey Shows That This Mother’s Day, What Women Want Is: Child Care, Paid Family Leave, and Good Jobs - IWPR 2020

On the heels of the economic downturn, working mothers are skeptical about their ability to achieve equal pay. Mothers also bear the brunt of paid and unpaid child care labor, struggle to balance work and family demands, and having enough money to pay their bills. This Mother’s Day, it’s time to give mothers more than flowers and brunches—we recently released a report, “All Work and Little Pay” asking mothers what they want, and they told us. We must work toward achieving universal high quality child care, paid sick and family leave, equal pay, and employment that secures mothers’ economic stability. Follow the link to our report to uncover how many mothers prioritize these actions and what we can do to begin moving forward. https://iwpr.org/p/34800

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As we progress toward the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re able to shift our focus toward reforming ...
04/13/2021
The Student Parent Equity Imperative: Guidance for the Biden-Harris Administration

As we progress toward the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re able to shift our focus toward reforming the U.S.’s higher education system. Ensuring equitable access and attainment for all adults is more important than ever, especially when holding a college degree or certificate often serves as a prerequisite for securing living-wage employment. To truly achieve recovery, we must repair the education system that was not built for college students of today. With nearly one quarter of students raising children of their own, it’s time to include parenting students and their families in policymaking efforts tied to post-secondary education. Our newest report provides policy recommendations that prioritize student parents and their families’ well-being and contribute to the development of sustainable and equitable pathways to educational attainment. Follow the link below to learn more about what we suggest the Biden-Harris Administration prioritize as we advocate for student parents and their families.

https://iwpr.org/iwpr-publications/briefing-paper/the-student-parent-equity-imperative-guidance-for-the-biden-harris-administration/

Download Report As the Biden-Harris administration seeks to hasten the country’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, reforming the U.S. higher education system to ensure equitable access and attainment for all adults is more important than ever. The pandemic has disproportionately increased the c...

On April 13, Institute for Women's Policy Research’s president C. Nicole Mason will be speaking in University of Nebrask...
04/07/2021

On April 13, Institute for Women's Policy Research’s president C. Nicole Mason will be speaking in University of Nebraska Public Policy Center's Sorensen seminar series. At 12pm CST, Dr. Mason will be speaking about the pandemic’s unequal effect on women as well as discussing what policy efforts must be made to center women’s well-being. For more information about the seminar or to pre-register, check out the following link: https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/sorensen-seminar-to-focus-on-covid-19-s-unequal-impact/. We hope to see you there!

On April 13, Institute for Women's Policy Research’s president C. Nicole Mason will be speaking in University of Nebraska Public Policy Center's Sorensen seminar series. At 12pm CST, Dr. Mason will be speaking about the pandemic’s unequal effect on women as well as discussing what policy efforts must be made to center women’s well-being. For more information about the seminar or to pre-register, check out the following link: https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/sorensen-seminar-to-focus-on-covid-19-s-unequal-impact/. We hope to see you there!

Young women (aged 16-24) lost more than a third of jobs between February and April, largely due to their concentration i...
04/06/2021
New IWPR Report Highlights the Systemic Challenges Young Women of Color Are Facing in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Young women (aged 16-24) lost more than a third of jobs between February and April, largely due to their concentration in industries that have been hit the hardest by the economic downturn. Young women are also more likely than their male peers to identify care responsibilities as the main reason for not working for pay during the pandemic. For young women of color, the challenges get complicated due to racial disparities in employment and access to quality care, along with gender disparities in care responsibilities. Our latest report, “Out of Work, Taking on Care: Young Women Face Mounting Challenges in the ‘She-cession’”, highlights the systemic barriers that young women, specifically young women of color, are facing as they navigate the pandemic recession. The report also offers short-term responses and long-term solutions that will support and uplift young women, especially as millions begin to enter the workforce for the first time after high school and college graduations. “There will be long-term impact on gender inequality if we don’t support young women,” said Institute for Women's Policy Research’s Shengwei Sun, author of the policy brief. https://iwpr.org/media/press-releases/new-iwpr-report-highlights-the-systemic-challenges-young-women-of-color-are-facing-in-the-covid-19-pandemic/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 6, 2021 Contact: Erin Weber | [email protected] | (646) 719-7021 Washington, D.C. – A new study, Out of Work, Taking on Care: Young Women Face Mounting Challenges in the “She-cession" from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research shows that longstanding

HERE TO STAY: BLACK, LATINA, AND AFRO-LATINA WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT
03/31/2021
HERE TO STAY: BLACK, LATINA, AND AFRO-LATINA WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT

HERE TO STAY: BLACK, LATINA, AND AFRO-LATINA WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION TRADES APPRENTICESHIPS AND EMPLOYMENT

DOWNLOAD REPORT Watch The Webinar Webinar Materials The COVID crisis has put a spotlight on the concentration of Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina women in low-wage jobs, including in many essential healthcare and retail jobs. The skilled construction trades have given many women an alternative to the....

Today is #EqualPayDay, the day that marks when women would be able to catch up with men’s earnings during the calendar y...
03/24/2021
Equal Pay Day 2021: The Results of a COVID-Impacted Economy

Today is #EqualPayDay, the day that marks when women would be able to catch up with men’s earnings during the calendar year. The annual earnings gap is even larger for Black, Native American, and Latina women, whose equal pay dates are Aug. 3, Sept. 8, and Oct. 21 respectively. We’ve celebrated on Twitter, calling attention to the economic disadvantages that women must overcome. But we know that the fight for #EqualPay, to shrink the #WageGap, and to receive legislative action that addresses these inequalities lasts more than 24 hours. We are always invigorated to work with bright and inspiring women – if you would like to know what we’ve collaborated on and recently released regarding #EqualPay, read our latest “In the Lead” piece. As our President and CEO C. Nicole Mason has said, “The gender wage gap is real. It is not a hoax or the result of women’s individual choices. It is the result of the systematic undervaluing of women’s contributions, skills, and talents to the workforce and society.” https://iwpr.org/media/in-the-lead/equal-pay-day-2021-the-results-of-a-covid-impacted-economy/

For many women, this Equal Pay Day feels uniquely urgent. While it looks like the wage gap is shrinking – that’s only because women in low wage jobs have been pushed out of the work force during the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn in its wake. A

With #EqualPayDay2021 arriving in a couple of days, we’ve released an analysis of the Gender Wage Gap by Occupation, Rac...
03/22/2021
THE GENDER WAGE GAP BY OCCUPATION, RACE, AND ETHNICITY 2020

With #EqualPayDay2021 arriving in a couple of days, we’ve released an analysis of the Gender Wage Gap by Occupation, Race, and Ethnicity for 2020. This new report also includes results from a new national survey from IWPR, uncovering that more than 70 percent of women say that the government should do more to tackle the wage gap. When the data says that women earn less than men in almost all of the most common occupations for men, it’s imperative to receive legislative support working toward #EqualPay. Read our findings and see how women want the government to help in the link below. https://iwpr.org/iwpr-issues/employment-and-earnings/the-gender-wage-gap-by-occupation-race-and-ethnicity-2020/

DOWNLOAD REPORT In 2020, women earned less than men in almost all occupations, whether they worked in predominantly male, predominantly female, or more integrated occupations. In the lowest paid of the largest 20 occupations for women, Maids and Housekeepers ($503 per week), women are nine-in-ten wo...

Our newest report “Busy with Purpose” highlights the experiences of student parents who take an extended break from coll...
03/16/2021
Busy with Purpose: Lessons for Education and Policy Leaders from Returning Student Parents

Our newest report “Busy with Purpose” highlights the experiences of student parents who take an extended break from college, before they earn a degree.

There are nearly 4 million undergraduate students who are parents and many of these students leave college without graduating. Understanding the experiences and needs of student parents who decide to pause their college journeys—and how our education system can better meet those needs—is essential, especially when college credentials are increasingly necessary for securing living wage employment. Read our report to reveal key recommendations from student parents themselves for building a more accessible, inclusive system of support that can promote the success of student parents and their families. bit.ly/busywithpurpose

DOWNLOAD REPORT Postsecondary attainment is widely recognized as key to accessing living-wage careers—in addition to fulfilling workforce demands and elevating the United States’ standing on the world stage. While much of the work to increase attainment rates has recognized the role of reengagin...

Join Institute for Women's Policy Research and Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) for a webinar to learn about our new repor...
03/11/2021
You are invited to join a webinar: "Here To Stay: Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina Women in Construction Trades Apprenticeships and Employment." After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Join Institute for Women's Policy Research and Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) for a webinar to learn about our new report, Here To Stay, to hear from Black and Latina tradeswomen about their experiences, and from construction trades leaders and organizers on what they are doing to tackle racism, harassment, and discrimination to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all in the trades.

March 25th 2:00-3:30 PM (EST) Register: https://bit.ly/CWIT_IWPR

Diversity is key for the future of the construction trades. While the numbers of Black and Latina women in trades apprenticeships have been increasing rapidly, still fewer than one-in-twenty-five apprentices are women. Our new report lifts up the voices of Black, Latina, and Afro Latina early career tradeswomen on what helps and hinders their success in the trades.

Diversity is key for the future of the construction trades. While the numbers of Black and Latina women in trades apprenticeships have been increasing rapidly, still fewer than one-in-twenty five apprentices are women. A new report lifts up the voices of Black, Latina, and Afro Latina early career t...

During this Women in Construction Week, we’ve collaborated with Chicago Women in Trades to release “Here to Stay: Black,...
03/08/2021
New Report Lifts Up Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina Women’s Voices in Construction Trades

During this Women in Construction Week, we’ve collaborated with Chicago Women in Trades to release “Here to Stay: Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina Women in Construction Trades Apprenticeships and Employment”. This report lifts the voices of early-career Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina women in the trades. Despite the growing numbers, women of color are still severely underrepresented in the well-paid jobs (3.5 percent of construction workers are women)! Read this brief to engage in the stories shared by tradeswomen and understand the policy initiatives that are needed to support women of color in the construction skilled trades.

https://iwpr.org/media/in-the-lead/new-report-lifts-up-black-latina-and-afro-latina-womens-voices-in-construction-trades/

March 7th-13th is Women in Construction Week. For women who work in the union construction trades, it’s more than just a job. It also means high wages and the opportunity to earn while learning as an apprentice. It means healthcare, the ability to provide for one’s family, and the chance to own ...

03/04/2021
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The Gender Pay Gap narrowed in 2020 – but not for the right reasons. The lowest paid women were the most likely to lose their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing millions of women out of the labor force. Though women’s average earnings increased more than men’s, it is because women left jobless were unaccounted for in the average women’s weekly median earnings. Our most recent fact sheet, “The Weekly Gender Wage Gap by Race and Ethnicity”, details these losses and includes the growing racial pay disparities among women in major racial and ethnic groups to white, non-Hispanic men. Click the link to dive into the data alongside suggestions for measures that will help women during this shecession.https://iwpr.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/2021-Weekly-Wage-Gap-Brief.pdf

In a new national survey, IWPR uncovers the top policy priorities that women have during the first 100 days and beyond o...
02/24/2021
What Women Want – IWPR National Survey Details Priorities for the New Administration

In a new national survey, IWPR uncovers the top policy priorities that women have during the first 100 days and beyond of the new Administration and Congress. "Women’s Priorities and Economic Impact Survey" reveals that women are most concerned about affordable and high-quality healthcare, getting the economic recession under control, and job creation.

“While healthcare was the top issue; women’s economic concerns are unwavering,” said Dr. C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of IWPR. “Women have been hit hardest by this economic downturn, they need help paying the bills.”

This newest report highlights the priorities of women, as a whole and broken down by race, while offering immediate and long-term economic solutions that not only address women’s needs but supports them, too. For the full picture, read “Women’s Priorities and Economic Impact Survey” as we continue to provide policy framework built to reflect the experiences and needs of women.

https://iwpr.org/media/in-the-lead/what-women-want-iwpr-national-survey-details-priorities-for-the-new-administration/

A new National Survey by IWPR finds in first 100 days and beyond, affordable, high-quality healthcare, getting the economic recession under control, and job creation are top priorities for women for the new Administration and Congress. Women have been most affected by the COVID-incited economic down...

Job and income losses have disproportionately affected women since the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering the SHEcession. No7...
02/17/2021
No 7 US

Job and income losses have disproportionately affected women since the COVID-19 pandemic, triggering the SHEcession. No7’s #UnstoppableTogether movement aims to get women back to work through education, resources, and tools. On February 24, No7 will host the Unstoppable Together Job Summit that will feature workshops, coaching, and inspiring panels with iconic women leaders sharing their experience and expertise to support women from across the country who have lost their jobs or are reimagining what their work life will look like post-pandemic. The virtual event is free and open to the public. Learn more about No7’s #unstoppabletogether movement and sign-up for the Job Summit at www.no7beauty.com/unstoppable.

Join us in supporting women who are sharing their inspiring stories on living life on their own terms, no matter what. Join the #unstoppabletogether movement.

JOIN US for THE POVERTY TRAP: Race, Inequality and Incarceration, an in-depth discussion with Getting Out and Staying Ou...
02/03/2021

JOIN US for THE POVERTY TRAP: Race, Inequality and Incarceration, an in-depth discussion with Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc. - GOSO's Dr. Jocelynne Rainey and Dr. C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading voice on pay equity, economic policies, and research impacting women; and author of "Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America."

Register for this important conversation at: gosonyc.org/one-on-one2.

JOIN US for THE POVERTY TRAP: Race, Inequality and Incarceration, an in-depth discussion with Getting Out and Staying Out, Inc. - GOSO's Dr. Jocelynne Rainey and Dr. C. Nicole Mason, president and CEO of the Institute for Women's Policy Research, a leading voice on pay equity, economic policies, and research impacting women; and author of "Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America."

Register for this important conversation at: gosonyc.org/one-on-one2.

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