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.

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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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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

Equal pay is key to the economic recovery for women workers In the News

Equal pay is key to the economic recovery for women workers

Robin Bleiweis and Jocelyn Frye explain how the Paycheck Fairness Act is critical to ensuring an economic recovery for women workers.

Robin Bleiweis, Jocelyn Frye

COVID-19 Vaccines And Therapies Must Work For Black Mothers In the News

COVID-19 Vaccines And Therapies Must Work For Black Mothers

Jamille Fields Allsbrook explains the importance of ensuring that vaccines and therapies for COVID-19 work for Black mothers.

Jamille Fields Allsbrook

These Five Provisions Are Necessary in Any Legislation Aimed at Saving Mothers’ Lives In the News

These Five Provisions Are Necessary in Any Legislation Aimed at Saving Mothers’ Lives

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.

Jamille Fields Allsbrook

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