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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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Midterm Election Special With Neera Tanden Podcast
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Midterm Election Special With Neera Tanden

This week, Daniella and Ed sit down with Center for American Progress' President and CEO Neera Tanden to discuss the 2018 midterm elections, policy priorities for the new Congress, and the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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Finding The Courage To Lead Podcast
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Finding The Courage To Lead

At CAP's 2018 Ideas Conference, Michele and Igor speak with Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood. Then, CAP Senior Fellow Jocelyn Frye discusses women's rights with Valerie Jarrett, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama.

Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen, Michele L. Jawando, 2 More Igor Volsky, Jocelyn Frye

RBG Podcast
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RBG

Michele sits down with three guests and discusses cases that are currently on the docket and their potential repercussions for progressive values, as well as "RBG," a new film about the influential justice's life.

Michele L. Jawando, Sally Tucker, Rachel Rosen

‘There’s Something About Her I Just Don’t Like’ Podcast
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‘There’s Something About Her I Just Don’t Like’

Michele and Igor chat with Jennifer Palmieri, best-selling author and executive vice president for Communications and Advocacy at CAP, about what women in the workplace and in politics will need to confront in future elections.

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Black Women Magic (Part 1 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA) Podcast
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Black Women Magic (Part 1 LIVE from Power Rising in Atlanta, GA)

In part one of this two-part episode, Michele and Daniella speak with a star lineup of black women live from the Power Rising Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, about the power of black women's votes and why the United States needs more black women in office today.

Michele L. Jawando, Daniella Gibbs Léger, Sally Tucker, 1 More Rachel Rosen

Blackness Is Its Own Thing Podcast
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Blackness Is Its Own Thing

Michele and Igor speak with Melissa Harris-Perry and DeRay Mckesson, two prolific leaders who are changing the world we live in, about topics ranging from black women's place in the #MeToo movement to America's treatment of Colin Kaepernick, and everything in between.

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We Cannot Wait Until February 8 Podcast
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We Cannot Wait Until February 8

This week, Michele is joined by Emily Tisch Sussman and a panel of women who discuss protest movements across the country.

Michele L. Jawando, Sally Tucker, Emily Tisch Sussman, 2 More Anisha Singh, Rachel Rosen

The Surge of Women Candidates Podcast
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The Surge of Women Candidates

This week, Michele and Igor sit down with Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, to discuss the record number of women running for office.

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