It often feels as if we’re not all playing on a level economic playing field.

Some of us—especially women of color—are swimming upstream against politicians and policies that make it nearly impossible to stay afloat economically.

Fair wages, decent working conditions, and access to reproductive healthcare, including abortion, help ensure that all of us can be healthy and live with dignity.

Yet when politicians promote policies that make it harder to prevent unintended pregnancy and impossible to get an abortion, while also penalizing parents for having children, we just can’t win.

Low wages and lack of health insurance can make it impossible for many workers to afford housing, pay for food for their families, or pay for reproductive healthcare like birth control and prenatal care.

No one should face the impossible choice between paying for basic needs or paying for health services like birth control, prenatal care, or abortion.

Our ability to make decisions about pregnancy and parenting can’t be separated from the economic realities of our lives.

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  • Labor protections, including for tipped, domestic, and farm workers, are necessary to create an environment where workers can care for ourselves and our families.
  • Health insurance coverage for reproductive healthcare is an important part of ensuring that we have equal economic opportunities.


  • Action Plan for Abortion Justice

    September 25, 2022
    We are united in our vision: a world where abortion care is affordable, available, and supported for everyone who needs it. We know people of color working to make ends meet have been denied the promise of legal abortion for decades because of the Hyde Amendment and other abortion restrictions. Race, economic insecurity, and immigration … Continued
  • In Our Own Voice: One Fair Wage Editorial

    June 7, 2018
    Editorial in The Washington Informer by Heidi Williamson, In Our Own Voice’s Deputy Director of Strategic Partnerships
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    May 5, 2018
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  • Abortion Should Be a Right for Working Women—Not a Privilege

    September 22, 2015
    Patricia is a single mom whose job at a big-box store pays $13.20 an hour. Even though Patricia works full time and earns more than the national minimum wage, she still relies on food stamps and food banks in order to feed herself and her daughter. “After I pay my rent, I have to decide … Continued
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