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

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; and
d) penal punishment.

Opinion pieces WISER -Op

7 Inspiring Documentaries and Books about Women of Color for Women’s History Month
Women’s history month is a reminder that we should ruminate on the legacies that women history makers have left for
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Don’t Call it “Magic”
By Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe There was a time when hearing the phrase, “Black Girl Magic” made me beam with pride. 
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Inclusive Yoga Research
By Tamara Jeffries When I welcome new students to my yoga classes, the first thing they want to know is
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Math Isn’t the Only Path
By Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe As a researcher with interest in how women and girls find space in STEM environments, I
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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.

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.

Board of Directors

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.”

WISER In The News


Rhonda Sharpe, along with several other economists, was interviewed by PBS correspondent Paul Solman about Trumps's first year as President.

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Does Trump deserve credit for economic growth?

Rhonda Sharpe was interviewed by, NewsHour economics correspondent Paul Solman.  They talked about Trump and  the intersection of race, conservatism and economics. 

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Wielding Data, Women Force a Reckoning Over Bias in the Economics Field

Rhonda Sharpe was interviewed by, Jim Tankersley of the New York TImes, about the gender bias in economics and the impact on women of color. 

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Our WorkInfoWISE

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%.


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.

International Women's Day 2017

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