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Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Director of Research and Policy Analysis

Katherine Gallagher Robbins

Katherine Gallagher Robbins is Director of Research and Policy Analysis at the National Women's Law Center. She oversees the Center's research with a primary focus on women's economic security and educational equity. Dr. Gallagher Robbins holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BA in Government from the College of William and Mary. Before attending graduate school she worked as an organizer for the California Public Interest Research Group at the University of California, San Diego.

My Take

Planned Parenthood Was There for Me

Posted by Katherine Gallagher Robbins, Director of Research and Policy Analysis | Posted on: July 28, 2015 at 03:25 pm

During college I stayed on my parent's health insurance and took care of the vast majority of my health needs while I was home on break. But after graduation I moved 3,000 miles away to San Diego. For the first time I was managing all my own bills and appointments. It was overwhelming. I was working a lot at my new job and I didn't know anyone in San Diego I could ask for advice about really important questions I wanted the answer to right away — like which beach is the best — and all the logistical questions that make life work — like where can I find a doctor I can talk to and trust.

On the second one I turned to my mom. She was an OB-GYN nurse so I always trusted her opinion on health care, especially gynecological care. While she didn't know doctors in the San Diego area she assured me that if I went to Planned Parenthood they'd take care of me — and I would be able to afford it.


Black Women Have to Work 19 Months to Make What White Men Did in a Year

African American women who work full time, year round are typically paid $19,399 less per year than their white male counterparts. This means African American women have to work nearly 19 months — until almost the end of July — to make as much as white men did in the previous year alone. That makes today African American women's equal pay day — the day that African American women are finally catching up to white men's pay, 208 days into the year.

Here are four key facts you need to know:


Raise the Wage for Millions of Women of Color

This week marks six years since the federal minimum wage last went up—and the tipped minimum wage has been unchanged for more than a generation. NWLC, along with the National Council of La Raza and the National Urban League, just released two new analyses highlighting why increasing the minimum wage is especially important for Latinas and African American women.

Here are six key facts you need to know:


Girls, Sports, and Equality: A State-by-State Ranking on Title IX

Public high schools across the country are not providing girls with their fair share of spots on sports teams—and today, on the 43rd anniversary of Title IX, we released a new analysis that shows every state is falling short. The analysis features an interactive map and a state-by-state ranking based on the percentage of high schools in each state and the District of Columbia that have large gender equity gaps in sports participation.*

Using the latest Department of Education Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2011-2012 school year we find that:


Mothers Make Less Than Fathers in Every State

Tomorrow, June 4th, is mothers’ equal pay day—the day that marks how long into the year mothers who work full time, year round have to wait before their typical annual earnings equal what fathers made in just one year.