Inclusive Growth

Women’s Initiative

The Women’s Initiative develops robust, progressive policies and solutions to ensure all women can participate in the economy and live healthy, productive lives.

A woman introduces her newborn baby to her grandmother, November 2020, in Los Angeles. (Getty/Brandon Bell)

What We're Doing

Advancing a proactive abortion agenda

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.

Addressing the maternal health crisis

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.

Closing the gender wage gap

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.

Building a stronger economy by prioritizing women

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.

Featured work

Pro-abortion rights protesters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Take Action: Ensure Meaningful Access to Abortion for All

About us

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.


Women of Color and the Wage Gap Article

Women of Color and the Wage Gap

Women of color continue to suffer the most severe gender wage gap in the United States, a reality that reflects the effects of intersecting racial, ethnic, and gender biases that threaten the economic security of them and their families.

Robin Bleiweis, Jocelyn Frye, Rose Khattar

How the Government Can End Poverty for Native American Women Report
 (A mother and her 10-year-old son live without electricity or running water on a Navajo Nation reservation in Cameron, Arizona, during the coronavirus pandemic, March 2020.)

How the Government Can End Poverty for Native American Women

American Indian and Alaska Native women in the United States make just 60 cents for every dollar earned by their white male counterparts, and this wage gap forces too many of them and their families into poverty.

Arohi Pathak

To Build Back Better, improving Black women’s Health is a must In the News

To Build Back Better, improving Black women’s Health is a must

Jamille Fields Allsbrook explains why lawmakers must center Black women's health as they debate President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.

Jamille Fields Allsbrook

State Abortion Legislation in 2021 Report

State Abortion Legislation in 2021

In 2021, the United States has seen the highest number of abortion restrictions made law in a single year, and the legal context in which this newly enacted legislation will operate is particularly tenuous.

Elyssa Spitzer, Nora Ellmann

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Texas Fact Sheet
A woman and child visit Houston's Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park on August 3, 2021.

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Texas

In order to advance economic security for women and families in Texas, policymakers should prioritize policies that ensure economic equality and health care access for all.

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

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