Disaggregate Data for a More Inclusive Society

Last August, I wrote, “Institutionalized exclusion is not just entrenched in the equitable access to quality education, employment, healthcare, housing, and a host of other goods and services, but is also rooted in how data are collected and reported.” When the headlines read “In N.Y.C., the Coronavirus Is Killing Men at Twice the Rate of Women,” who are these men? Are they Asian? Black? Hispanic? If you wonder why it matters, read , “Show Me The Data, But Disaggregate It First.”

Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe
President, WISER
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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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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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We included nursing assistants in our recognition of National Nurse’s Day. Unlike the registered nurses (65% White women) or nurse practitioners (90% White women) profession, nearly half of nursing assistants are women of color. Nursing assistants are the low wage workers in this profession and are on the front line for caring for the most vulnerable COVID-19, the elderly, and those with disabilities. See More on Grandmothers
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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.”

Support WISER Public Policy


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.


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.

When ethnicity, race, gender, and other demographic data are disaggregated, the results can inform policies to increase the wellbeing of targeted groups, rather than simply provide a standardized approach aimed
Disaggregating data saves lives because it provides health care professionals and policymakers with detailed information to tailor both treatment and prevention strategies.
Low-income, low-access (LILA) households in both urban and rural areas are often in communities referred to as “food deserts”—areas that lack access to foods that provide for a nutritionally adequate

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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