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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.

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

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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.

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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

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Pennsylvania Fact Sheet
A mother sits with her daughter in their residence in Northeast Philadelphia on July 8, 2018.

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Pennsylvania

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in New Hampshire Fact Sheet
A mother watches her daughter have her temperature taken as the two shop for furniture in Nashua, New Hampshire, on June 2, 2020. (Getty/The Boston Globe/Craig F. Walker)

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in New Hampshire

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Georgia Fact Sheet
A mother and her daughter sit in Briscoe Park in Snellville, Georgia, June 2021.

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Georgia

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Florida Fact Sheet
A mother embraces her daughter inside their home in Miami Gardens, Florida, on August 11, 2020. (Getty/AFP/Chandan Khanna)

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Florida

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Arizona Fact Sheet
A woman steps onto a bus in Downtown Phoenix on March 26, 2020.

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in Arizona

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in West Virginia Fact Sheet
A mother spends time with her two daughters at the family's shop in Capon Springs, West Virginia, October 2019. (Getty/The Washington Post/Deb Lindsey)

Fast Facts: Economic Security for Women and Families in West Virginia

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

Diana Boesch, Carolyn Sabini

The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty Fact Sheet
 (A woman in Miami spends time looking at videos with her 6-year-old granddaughter after being laid off from her job as a food service cashier in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, March 2020.)

The Basic Facts About Women in Poverty

Women, especially women of color, in the United States are more likely to live in poverty than men, and they need robust, targeted solutions to ensure their long-term economic security.

Robin Bleiweis, Diana Boesch, Alexandra Cawthorne Gaines

Quick Facts About the Gender Wage Gap Fact Sheet
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) speaks during a press conference marking Equal Pay Day and celebrating the House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, April 2, 2019. (Getty/Bill Clark)

Quick Facts About the Gender Wage Gap

This fact sheet defines the gender wage gap, identifies what drives it, and quantifies its impact on women and their families.

Robin Bleiweis

Transforming the Culture of Power Fact Sheet
 (Activists occupy the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., to protest against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, October 2018.)

Transforming the Culture of Power

Pursuing concrete solutions that prioritize survivors, disrupt power imbalances, challenge systemic biases, and cut across the many issues driving gender-based violence is essential to ending this violence in all its forms.

Jocelyn Frye, Robin Bleiweis, Shilpa Phadke

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