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The Women’s Initiative develops robust, progressive policies and solutions to ensure all women can participate in the economy and live healthy, productive lives.
Abortion rights are under attack. Our proactive agenda provides a road map for state and federal lawmakers to develop and enact policies that ensure equitable, safe access to abortion. In coalition, we will push back against restrictions that impede access to this critical health care service.
People are more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes in the United States than in any other high-income country. Working closely with partners, we develop policy interventions to curb the maternal health crisis, eliminate racial disparities, and advance investments in maternal health care.
To address pay disparities, especially for women of color, our comprehensive work advocates for measures such as the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA). The PFA would strengthen equal pay protections, prohibit employer retaliation, and limit employers’ reliance on salary history to make hiring decisions.
Women are crucial to a thriving economy and families’ economic stability and must be at the heart of any economic recovery. We research solutions that maximize women’s economic participation and respond to competing demands of work and family, such as a national paid family and medical leave program.
Director, Women’s Initiative
Senior Policy Analyst
Sep 9, 2021
Osub Ahmed, Juli Adhikari, Jamille Fields Allsbrook, 3 More
Hai-Lam Phan, Jasmine Hardy, Meghan Miller
Sep 21, 2021
Elyssa Spitzer, Nora Ellmann
Jun 3, 2020
Diana Boesch, Katie Hamm
Aug 3, 2021
As anti-abortion state legislators attack access to abortion, we must expand and strengthen reproductive health and family planning protections in states where abortion is legal.
The Women’s Initiative works to secure women’s health and bodily autonomy, economic stability, equality, and access to equitable opportunities and uphold other reproductive, civil, and human rights. We firmly believe that the diverse experiences of women across race, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, faith backgrounds, and other factors—and the challenges they face—must be at the center of the national policy debate.
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In the 2023 term, the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to hear two cases, one on gun violence and one on abortion access, that will directly and disproportionately affect women.
Oct 2, 2023
A government shutdown could disrupt grant funding and thus stall essential resources to help survivors of domestic violence, many of whom are women.
Sep 28, 2023
Sara Estep, Becca Damante
For many self-employed Americans, the cost of taking leave for illness or family needs is too high without support, shaping both what self-employment looks like and who has access to it.
Sep 21, 2023
Molly Weston Williamson
This toolkit provides guidance for reproductive rights and disability rights organizations and others who seek to submit a comment on the Biden administration’s proposed rule on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
This fact sheet explores the size, demographics, and key features of the self-employed population in the United States.
New data show that in 2022, women working full time, year-round typically earned 84 cents for every dollar men made, and when comparing among all workers, including those who work part time and for part of the year, women typically made 78 cents.
Sep 20, 2023
A series of high-profile global elections in 2024 will require social media platforms and generative AI developers to meet the moment amid an evolving and uncertain technology landscape.
Sep 14, 2023
Maggie Jo Buchanan and Allison McManus write in "DC Journal" about how a senator's views on abortion are jeopardizing national security.
Sep 7, 2023
Maggie Jo Buchanan, Allison McManus
The Healthy Families Act would finally guarantee paid sick leave for employees in the United States, bolstering public health and the U.S. economy.
Sep 5, 2023
El acceso a la mifepristona permanece igual a medida que continúan los litigios.
Aug 24, 2023
Sabrina Talukder, Maggie Jo Buchanan, Becca Damante, 4 More
Kierra B. Jones, Hai-Lam Phan, Matt Gossage, Toni Pandolfo
Access to mifepristone remains unchanged as litigation continues to play out.
Aug 22, 2023
Paid family and medical leave benefits start in Oregon on September 3, 2023.
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