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Hours Flexibility and the Gender Gap in Pay

book_alt2 icon Report There is a large hourly wage penalty associated with working fewer hours per week, and although the effect is similar by gender, women are more greatly affected because they are more likely to work fewer than 40 hours per week.

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How the Gender Wage Gap Differs by Occupation

A new CAP analysis shows the jobs with the largest and smallest gender wage gaps.

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Women of Color and the Gender Wage Gap

article icon Issue Brief Women of color experience a wider gender wage gap, on average, compared with white women.

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What Occupational Data Show About the Causes of the Gender Wage Gap

The types of jobs that men and women hold, as well as the industries they work in, have a large effect on the gender wage gap.

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The Gender Pay Gap Explained

play_alt icon Video Women in the United States only earn 78 cents to the dollar compared with men. But there is a lot of confusion about this number. What does it really mean? And where did it come from?

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Congress Must Stop Playing Politics with Abortion

Congressional leaders are intent on using every opportunity to try and eliminate access to abortion, including in critical bills funding health care and assistance for victims of human trafficking. But there are important differences in the bills’ abortion language that must be considered.

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Improving Abortion Access by Expanding Those Who Provide Care

article icon Issue Brief Recent policy change affecting abortion care has mainly included reducing access, but some states and laws are actually increasing access.

Infographic: How Many Women Are Benefiting from the Affordable Care Act?

This infographic is a compilation of data from multiple sources to highlight how women are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act. It will be updated at least monthly to reflect the most recent data available.

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A Challenge to Congress

article icon Issue Brief It’s time for Congress to show that its words are more than mere rhetoric—that they are instead backed by concrete action and accountability on the issues important to women and their families.

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Access to Contraception for Women Serving in the Armed Forces

article icon Fact Sheet The Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act and other policy changes are critical to address the reproductive health care inequities that women serving in the armed forces face.

Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance

article icon Issue Brief While most the current research focuses on women and mother’s experiences balancing family life and paid employment, addressing the issues facing men and fathers is equally important to promoting greater equity at home and at work.

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5 Reasons Why Social Security Matters for Women’s Economic Security

The Social Security program should be strengthened to support working women as they age and face the realities of caring for their families.

Infographic: To Promote Women’s Leadership, We Need Public Policy

Public policy is an essential tool for promoting women’s workforce participation and leadership.

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Can Public Policy Break the Glass Ceiling?

book_alt2 icon Report There are lessons to learn from other countries, such as Canada and Norway, where public policy has been used to help women stay in the workforce and succeed.

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For Women to Lead, They Have to Stay in the Game

book_alt2 icon Report If women can’t work, they can’t rise. Only public policy can ensure that all women have the chance to participate fully and thrive.

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