Senior Director, Women's Initiative
Today at 2:30 PM EDT: Beyond Acronyms in K-12 Education
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.
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.
Elyssa Spitzer and Osub Ahmed debunk some of the dubious claims in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Mississippi’s unconstitutional 15-week abortion ban.
Jamille Fields Allsbrook explains why lawmakers must center Black women's health as they debate President Joe Biden's Build Back Better agenda.
Robin Bleiweis and Jocelyn Frye explain how the Paycheck Fairness Act is critical to ensuring an economic recovery for women workers.
Juli Adhikari, Thomas Waldrop, and Malkie Wall explain how their experience in CAP's union highlights how unions contribute to a more just and equitable society.
Jamille Fields Allsbrook explains the importance of ensuring that vaccines and therapies for COVID-19 work for Black mothers.
Jodi Enda describes the story of a woman who was personally affected by Texas' ban on abortion procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.
Author Jamille Fields Allsbrook lays out five issues that must be part of any new legislation to address maternal health and reduce health inequities—particularly for Black women, who experience disproportionately high mortality rates.
Author Osub Ahmed explains why women's empowerment and bodily autonomy are central components of a strong climate change strategy.
Osub Ahmed explains how climate change poses a unique threat to women's health—especially for women of color.
Author Jocelyn Frye articulates the importance of inclusive policies that acknowledge working women and mothers from diverse backgrounds and create a level playing field in the workforce.