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  • State Abortion Bans Could Harm Nearly 15 Million Women of Color

    ISSUE BRIEF | Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization is a decision that is about access to essential healthcare, but also much more than that. It is, at its core, a decision — deeply rooted in sexism and racism — about the role women and people who can become pregnant play in our society. It is a decision about their futures and possibilities, their opportunities and dreams.(PDF)

  • Improving Maternal Health with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

    FACT SHEET | The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) will ensure that employers provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and that the workplace is an environment where needed accommodations are routinely expected and provided. (PDF)

  • USICA COMPETES - Caregiving Provision Support Letter

  • Health Care Costs Will Rise if ACA's Premium Tax Credits Expire

    American Rescue Plan Act ACA Premium Tax Credits (PTCs) are set to expire this year. At a time of rising costs for families, in particular for families of color and families with low incomes, a jump in the cost of health premiums could force millions to become uninsured. Congress must act to extend these affordability measures for the following six reasons.

  • The Healthy Delaware Families Act: What You Should Know

    In April 2022, Delaware became the 12th state, including D.C., to pass a paid family and medical leave program.

  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Laws

    CHART | A detailed summary of existing family leave laws in California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, New York, D.C., Massachusetts, Connecticut, Oregon and Colorado

  • This Mother's Day, Moms Need Child Care, Paid Leave and Protections While Pregnant

    When the pandemic hit and schools and child care centers closed, nursing and adult care facilities became unsafe, and people began falling ill, each family was left to figure things out on its own. For the most part, the increased burden of care fell on women...

  • Quantifying America’s Gender Wage Gap by Race

    FACT SHEET | Women of color in the United States experience the nation's persistent and pervasive gender wage gap most severely. U.S. Census Bureau data reveal the size of that gap by race. (May 2022)

  • America’s Women and the Wage Gap

    FACT SHEET | Overall, women in the United States are paid 82 cents for every dollar paid to men. When women lose income, their economic security and that of their families is diminished. (May 2022)

  • An Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap by Congressional District

    FACT SHEET | An analysis of the Gender Wage Gap by Congressional District (May 2022)

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Women and the Wage Gap

    FACT SHEET | A look at the wage gap for Asian American and Pacific Islander women by ethnic subgroup, and what that gap means for them and their families. (May 2022)

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Community Birth Settings

    For many pregnant people, community birth options offer better care, more positive experiences, improved health outcomes, and potential cost benefits. Given this track record and the increasing use of, and unmet need for, this model of care, decision-makers should act to make it widely available to lower-risk pregnant people who desire it. Above all, it is urgent to scale up access to this high-value model of care as an essential way to advance birth justice and mitigate the nation’s maternal health crisis.

  • Spotlight on Success: Roots Community Birth Center

    The Roots Community Birth Center demonstrates the exceptional value of community-based and -led forms of the birth center model for communities disadvantaged by structural racism, intergenerational underinvestment, and other forms of discrimination.

  • Executive Summary: Improving Maternity Care Through Community Birth Settings

    Research shows that there are specific care models that can make a concrete difference in improving maternity care quality and producing better outcomes, including for birthing People of Color. One of these is the care provided in community birth settings, an increasingly used term for both birth centers and home birth care.

  • Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Community Birth Settings

    This report outlines the evidence that supports the unique value of community birth settings across different communities, the safety and effectiveness of care in these settings in improving maternal and infant outcomes, the interest of birthing people in use of birth centers and home birth care, and the current availability of, and access to, birth centers and home birth care in the United States.

  • Recommendations to Increase Access to Midwifery Care

    Midwives have a distinctive, dignifying, person-centered, skilled model of care and an exemplary track record. They are an important part of the solution to the nation’s need for a higher-performing maternity care system and shortage of maternity care providers. However, there are barriers to enabling more childbearing people and families to experience benefits of midwifery care and to diversifying the profession of midwifery.

  • Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers: State and Local Laws

    A summary of existing state and local laws that require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

  • Using Paid Sick Days for Medication Abortion

    Everyone needs time to access health care without threatening their economic stability. Paid sick days allow a person to recover from short-term illnesses, access preventive care, undergo a basic medical procedure, or care for a sick child or family member. Yet more than 26 million people — nearly one in four private sector workers1 — do not have a single paid sick day.

  • Housing Justice is Gender Justice

    Women in the United States – in particular women who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) – face additional hurdles when trying to find and secure, safe, stable and affordable housing opportunities. This brief highlights how women are excluded from housing, the reasons why women find themselves in need of gender-conscious housing practices and policies, and what can be done to promote housing access and security.

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