More Inclusive Society The Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race stands with the National Economic Association (NEA) and the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) in denouncing these acts of violence against Black people and the Black community. We echo the cries for justice from the families and protesters. In the words of Rev. Sharpton, it is time for America to remove the knee of oppression off the necks of Black Americans. Therefore, we will continue to illuminate nuances in data and advocate for effective policy change.

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe
President, WISER
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ISA Income Share Agreements are debt: Maybe even predatory

By focusing on the economic returns of a major or institution, proponents of ISAs ignore the benefits of a more educated society, like better health care, lower mortality rates, stable employment, control over family size, and more leisure time spent enjoying cultural activities.
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Father's Day Click for infographic Happy Father's Day
June 21, 2020
We celebrate the 38.1 million fathers in the United States. Nearly 40 percent of fathers are men of color.
Khushi Click to read more Health Insurance Coverage for Immigrant Hispanic Women in the U.S. The HEAL Act would provide access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for documented immigrants. Two out of every five immigrant Hispanic women (40% or 2.35 million) in the U.S. did not have health insurance (Fig. 1). This was a higher rate than White, Black, Asian, and Multiracial immigrant women. Khushi Basnyat
Research Assistant, University of Richmond
Rhonda Media How’s the economy? vs. how’s the economy for each of us? Listen to Kai Ryssdal, host of MarketPlace, discuss the importanct of #disaggregatingdata with our President. Disaggregate Data Show Me The Data, But Disaggregate It First

Disaggregating data moves us away from gender-bias (where men are the norm) and racial-bias (where Whites are the norm) in how we report data. Studies that use an intersectional approach acknowledge the complex diversity of lived experiences of the U.S. population. The ability to do that is crucial when you’re trying to provide critical care in a crisis such as the one we’re in.

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe
President, WISER
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Food Insecurity The Food Injustices of COVID-19 on Black Communities

Disaggregating data moves us away from gender-bias (where men are the norm) and racial-bias (where Whites are the norm) in how we report data. Studies that use an intersectional approach acknowledge the complex diversity of lived experiences of the U.S. population. The ability to do that is crucial when you’re trying to provide critical care in a crisis such as the one we’re in.

Nina E. Banks
Economist, Bucknell University
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WISERWho We Are


Founded on International Woman’s Day 2016, the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race (WISER) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 research institute. WISER’s mission is to expand women-focused policy research to include the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial women.

What We DoExpanding Women Focused Research


WISER conducts and disseminates research on the well-being of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial women; conducts policy analysis to identify and minimize disparate impact to Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American and Multiracial women; and propose public policies that are inclusive of the needs of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial women. WISER believes a microanalysis approach will draw different conclusions for each group as opposed to the broad umbrella of “women of color.”

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The Mission StatementAdvocating for WISER Public Policy


Our goal is to disseminate research that influences public policy and promotes:
1. Equitable access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education,
2. Equitable access to health care, employment, housing and legal representation,
3. Equity in:
a) employment – earnings, compensation and promotion;
b) family structure – parental rights and marital status;
c) health outcomes – reproductive rights, mental health, health coverage, and family care;
d) penal punishment.

The VisionInclusive Policy Research


A society where policy research addresses the economic, social, cultural and political well-being of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American and Multiracial women. WISER believes the well-being of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American and Multiracial women is vital for social and economic progress.

Conversations with Women of ColorWISER Dialogue: The Missing Viewpoint


WISER Dialogue are a thought provoking conversations with women of color about issues, policies, and research that impact our lives. WISER Dialogue elevates the voices of Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American women by including their viewpoint.


Black History Month 2020 In this episode of WISER Dialogue, Kirsten Mullen explains the role and importance of midwives in the Black American South and on plantations. She also talks about the importance of the location of the National Museum of African American History and Culture just feet away from former slave auctions and above the canal built by slaves. She reminds us that Black women have always been active in the art scene and that artists/writers/playwrights need to be compensated when appearing for question-answer sessions (talkbacks). Black History Month 2020 - Kirsten Mullen Execuitve Coaching This episode of WISER Dialogue features Toni Ayers, an executive coach with Strategic Partner Solutions. We discuss how Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American women can use an executive coach to achieve goals. Toni shares advice for working with a coach and describes the different ways you can interact with a coach- video conference, group, or one-on-one. She provides some history about the term coach. Executive Coaching with Toni Ayers Father's Day 2019 In honor of Father's Day, this month's WISER Dialogue is a conversation with three dads. Salvador Contreras, Francis Cullado, and Greg Young discuss having the race/ethnicity conversation with their daughters, rearing independent daughters and their fears as dads. They also bust a few myths/stereotypes about fathers of color. Please share with a dad you admire. #happyfathersday Fathers Day 2019 Slide I have a conversation with Joyce Chen, Estella Luluquisen Hunt, and Melany Dela Cruz Viesca about the importance of disaggregating data by Asian ethnic groups especially for education and workforce diversity recruitment programs, the "model minority myth" and the erasure of Asian women from conversations of economic and social well-being. "Asian & Pacific Islander History Month" Parental Advocacy In this episode, Prof. Monica Garcia-Perez, Katrina Hester and Dr. Matilda Young, discuss the challenges faced by immigrant mother and advocating for children with selective mutism and girls with autism. Parental Advocacy Parental Rights This episode of WISER Dialogue discusses parental rights and the child welfare system. Our guests are YoungMin Yi, a doctoral student in sociology at Cornell University, and Demetria Howard-Watkins, a lawyer who specializes in family law in Texas. Parental Rights Slide A conversation with Millennials Daniela Gonzales, Rachel Chou, and Kim Nidah about what makes women worthy of being recognized as a history maker. What makes women history worthy Black History 2019 A conversation with professors Michelle Holder (Economics-John Jay CUNY), Valerie A. Johnson ( Women's Studies and Africana Studies - Bennett College) and Deirdre Cooper Owens (History - Queens College CUNY) about myths associated with Black women. We discuss pay inequality, erasure from the cuisine space, training better medical professionals, and why "Black Girl Magic" is problematic. Our Truth: Debunking Myths About Black Women Diversifying Yoga By February people have already defaulted on their New Year's resolutions, according to an article by Shiv Gaglani in Forbes. That "fail" just creates more stress! This month's episode of "WISER Dialogue: The Missing Viewpoint" professors Santiba Campbell and Tamara Jeffries discuss how making yoga and mindfulness a lifestyle (not a resolution) may help Black women de-stress. Diversifying Yoga Slipping Through A conversation with Dr. Julianne Malveaux and Dr. Margaret Simms about the motivation for their 1986 edited volume and the pressing issues facing Black women. "Slipping Through the Cracks" Father's Day 2019 In honor of Father's Day, this month's WISER Dialogue is a conversation with three dads. Salvador Contreras, Francis Cullado, and Greg Young discuss having the race/ethnicity conversation with their daughters, rearing independent daughters and their fears as dads. They also bust a few myths/stereotypes about fathers of color. Please share with a dad you admire. #happyfathersday Fathers Day 2019 Black History Month 2020 In this episode of WISER Dialogue, Kirsten Mullen explains the role and importance of midwives in the Black American South and on plantations. She also talks about the importance of the location of the National Museum of African American History and Culture just feet away from former slave auctions and above the canal built by slaves. She reminds us that Black women have always been active in the art scene and that artists/writers/playwrights need to be compensated when appearing for question-answer sessions (talkbacks). Black History Month 2020 - Kirsten Mullen Black History Month 2020 In this episode of WISER Dialogue, Kirsten Mullen explains the role and importance of midwives in the Black American South and on plantations. She also talks about the importance of the location of the National Museum of African American History and Culture just feet away from former slave auctions and above the canal built by slaves. She reminds us that Black women have always been active in the art scene and that artists/writers/playwrights need to be compensated when appearing for question-answer sessions (talkbacks). Black History Month 2020 - Kirsten Mullen Black History Month 2020 In this episode of WISER Dialogue, Kirsten Mullen explains the role and importance of midwives in the Black American South and on plantations. She also talks about the importance of the location of the National Museum of African American History and Culture just feet away from former slave auctions and above the canal built by slaves. She reminds us that Black women have always been active in the art scene and that artists/writers/playwrights need to be compensated when appearing for question-answer sessions (talkbacks). Black History Month 2020 - Kirsten Mullen

Opinion pieces WISER-Op


We encourage activists, scholars, and our Board members to write opinion pieces about issues that align with our mission.  We aim to be a supportive outlet for voices that write about the issues that impact  Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Native American women.

Venture capital firms looking for new ways to squeeze money out of low-income communities have found a fresh brand of Read more
June 20th is World Refugee Day. During times of crisis, such as COVID-19, gender-based violence (GBV) increases for women. Click Read more
The HEAL Act would provide access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for documented immigrants. Two out Read more

The TeamOur Leadership


The WISER leadership team consists of professionals with expertise in economics, finance, journalism, law and public policy. WISER’s leadership is committed to creating a society where the needs of women of color are included in the design and implementation of public policy.

Meet the Team

WISER In The News


Study finds fewer minority nurses come from Michigan nursing programs


Colleges and university nursing programs in Michigan produce fewer minority graduates than many other states, according to a study by the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race in Virginia.
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CAP Announces Formation of the National Advisory Council on Eliminating the Black-White Wealth Gap


The Advisory Council will be charged with generating new ideas for closing the gap and outlining clear actions for an incoming administration to take within its first 100 days.

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SUNO gets top ranking for African-American graduates



Southern University at New Orleans earned top rankings in a national study of college graduates conducted by the Women’s Institute for Science, Equity and Race.

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Our WorkInfoWise


Single Never Married & Black


The majority of never-married Black women reside in the south (55%), and 89% have at least a high school diploma or equivalent.  Nearly 22% of these women are single-and-living-alone.

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International Women's Day 2018


Most foreign-born women in the US are 18-24, have an HS diploma, work in a service occupation and are from a country in North America - Mexico 25%.                   

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Women of Color 2017


Women of color were 13% of all women in 1960. By 2015, women of color were 36% of all women in the U.S.                                                                                                                  

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