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)

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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.

Latest

Global Progress on Equal Pay and Paid Leave Interactive

Global Progress on Equal Pay and Paid Leave

Countries around the world have adopted policies to promote women’s economic security and participation and close the gender wage gap. The United States is an extreme outlier in its lack of such policies.

Kaitlin Holmes, Danielle Corley

Interactive Map: Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Could Leave 4 Million Women Without Coverage Interactive
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Interactive Map: Rejecting Medicaid Expansion Could Leave 4 Million Women Without Coverage

Nearly 4 million women would be eligible to gain coverage through Medicaid in states that have not yet committed to expanding their Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act or that have explicitly rejected the program.

Lindsay Rosenthal

Interactive Quiz: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits Women Interactive

Interactive Quiz: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits Women

Lindsay Rosenthal and Jessica Arons test your knowledge about what health reform is doing to help women and their families get the health care they need.

Lindsay Rosenthal, Jessica Arons

Interactive Map: Women Provide for Their Families Interactive

Interactive Map: Women Provide for Their Families

Interactive map shows that over half of families in almost every state rely on a woman as the primary breadwinner or co-breadwinner.

Interactive Map: The Persistent Career Wage Gap Interactive

Interactive Map: The Persistent Career Wage Gap

Women make less than men day-to-day, but this interactive map shows how this stacks up so that women in every state earn hundreds of thousands of dollars less over their lifetimes.

Interactive Graphic: Women Still Primary Breadwinners Interactive

Interactive Graphic: Women Still Primary Breadwinners

Women are still the primary breadwinners, writes Heather Boushey, but they may begin to catch up to men's unemployment if job gains stall in the sectors that disproportionately employ them.

Heather Boushey

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