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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.

The Women’s Initiative develops robust, progressive policies and solutions to ensure all women can participate in the economy and live healthy, productive lives.

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Featured work

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

Take Action: Ensure Meaningful Access to Abortion for All

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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A Profile of Immigrant Women in the Workforce Article
Medics run rapid COVID-19 tests in Brownsville, Texas, February 2021. (Getty/John Moore)

A Profile of Immigrant Women in the Workforce

Immigrant women are integral members of U.S. society, working across industries that serve all communities and spur economic growth. As the pandemic continues to disproportionately affect women in the workforce, future policy must consider the contributions and needs of immigrant women.

Sofia Carratala, Nicole Prchal Svajlenka, Sarah Jane Glynn

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be Transformative for Women Article
A woman wears a mask and gloves as she works as a cashier at a supermarket in Miami, April 2020. (Getty/Joe Raedle)

Raising the Minimum Wage Would Be Transformative for Women

Women make up the majority of workers who would benefit from raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, as they are overrepresented in tipped and low-wage jobs.

Diana Boesch, Robin Bleiweis, Areeba Haider

Sexual Violence and the Disability Community Article
Barbara Altman holds hands with her son Andrew, who has microcephaly, on a bench at their home in Rockville, Maryland, on October 29, 2016. (Getty/Jabin Botsford)

Sexual Violence and the Disability Community

The disability rights and justice movement and the reproductive health, rights, and justice movements must come together for nuanced discussions of the silent epidemic of sexual violence against disabled people.

Vilissa Thompson, Nora Ellmann, Rebecca Cokley, 1 More Jamille Fields Allsbrook

Quick Facts on Paid Family and Medical Leave Article
A COVID-19 patient, trying to recover at home, grabs fresh air on the front stoop of her home in Brooklyn, New York, on November 20, 2020. (Getty/Andrew Lichtenstein)

Quick Facts on Paid Family and Medical Leave

The United States urgently needs a comprehensive paid family and medical leave program that will boost the health and economic well-being of American workers and families.

Diana Boesch

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