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.”

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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.


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 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 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 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" 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 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 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 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 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 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" 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

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.

Women’s history month is a reminder that we should ruminate on the legacies that women history makers have left for us. Here are seven inspiring documentaries and books about women
There was a time when hearing the phrase, “Black Girl Magic” made me beam with pride.  Not anymore.  The truth is there is nothing “magical” about what Black women accomplish.
By Tamara Y. Jeffries   When I welcome new students to my yoga classes, the first thing they want to know is what it’s going to do for them. “Will

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.

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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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