Andrea Flynn

Andrea Flynn is a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, where she researches and writes about issues that impact women and families. She explores connections between reproductive health care and poverty, state-level restrictions to family planning and abortion, inequality and maternal mortality, and various economic policies that impact the economic security of women and families. In 2014 Andrea presented her paper – The Title X Factor: Why the Health of America’s Women Depends on More Funding for Family Planning – at a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Cosmopolitan, Salon, The Hill, and Women’s eNews. Andrea worked with the Open Society Foundations and the Namibia Women’s Health Network to examine human rights issues facing women living with HIV/AIDS and with the Council on Foreign Relations to propose greater investments in reproductive health care in U.S. foreign policy. Andrea also managed the Women Moving Millions campaign, an initiative that raised $190M for women’s foundations globally. She was a chosen participant in the Women’s Media Center Progressive Women’s Voices training, the CoreAlign Generative Fellowship, and Civil Liberty and Public Policy’s New Leaders Networking Intiative. Andrea served on the board of directors of the Third Wave Foundation from 2007 until 2014, and currently serves on the organization’s Legacy Committee. Andrea received her MPA and MPH from Columbia University, and her BA in journalism and women’s studies from Syracuse University. You can follow Andrea on Twitter @dreaflynn.

With outstanding student debt at $1.5 trillion, policymakers and education providers are looking for ways to make college more affordable. Though many argue for enhanced public investment to reduce tuition, others are turning to debt alternatives like income share agreements (ISAs). Through these contracts, universities (often with funding from private investors) contribute to a student’s

Recently, The New York Times published a report about women who, while working in physically demanding jobs, lost their pregnancies after requests for less-strenuous assignments were denied. The profile is a tragic example of the steep toll levied on women, and particularly women of color, who face economic and social rules that are rigged against

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators voted to roll back regulations put in place in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Those regulations rewrote the rules of our banking system that had long prioritized profits over people—a system that for generations exploited and perpetuated racial inequities and ultimately foiled the financial wellbeing of

On Wednesday a handful of U.S.-based corporations, with AT&T leading the way, announced that, in light of the recently passed tax bill, they will be giving their employees a one-time bonus. Before anyone else begins claiming that this tax bill is going to spur business investment and favor the working class, let’s remember a few

Last week, Donald Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly lamented that the world has changed for women. “When I was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country,” he said. “Women were sacred and looked upon with great honor. That’s obviously not the case anymore, as we see from recent

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This blog is cross-posted from the Cambridge University Press blog. Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn, one of the authors of the forthcoming Hidden Rules of Race, gives us a look at the much-anticipated new book exploring inequality in the United States. Racial inequality is alive and well in America, and conservatives are strategically dismantling one of

Donald Trump’s updated contraceptive rule was recently leaked, raising concerns about women’s ability to access affordable family planning. It’s hard to keep track of what we need to be keeping track of these days, especially when it comes to women’s health. So let’s review. What is the contraceptive mandate? The contraceptive mandate, aka the “birth

Last week President Trump released a budget that would gut public programs that lift up millions of American women and families. Contrary to its title, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget is a roadmap to a place where women and their families would be less safe, less healthy, and less economically secure. As we

Among all social groups in the United States, women of color experience some of the starkest disparities, inequities, and injustices across nearly every social and economic indicator. Compared with white women, women of color have higher levels of unemployment and poverty; they have significantly less wealth; they are more likely to be targeted by and

Yesterday, House Republicans resurrected the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that gifts nearly $900 billion in tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans by robbing more than 20 million Americans of health coverage. This cruel bill—and its celebration by President Trump, Vice President Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan and a notably white male crowd

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Today the House of Representatives will vote on President Trump and Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), which makes good on the GOP’s long-standing promise to defund Planned Parenthood. The proposed law would prohibit one of the nation’s largest health providers from receiving Medicaid reimbursements, cutting the organization off at the knees and threatening

In 2010, the year President
 Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, nearly
 50 million individuals in the United States
were uninsured—more than 16 percent
of the total population. Since then, the ACA has extended care to more than 20 million Americans. ACA repeal would hurt millions of people who now have access to health

Yesterday the Supreme Court delivered a resounding and badly needed victory for reproductive health and rights. In doing so, it also restored scientific facts to their rightful place in American jurisprudence and in the legislative decision-making that has for too long threatened the health and wellbeing of women and their families. Over the past five

It’s no secret that Americans are feeling the acute pain of our nation’s unchecked economic inequality. Populist anger over what many view as broken political and economic systems has fueled the unpredictable fires of the 2016 presidential election. While rising inequality has hurt all Americans, as evidenced by the recent increase in mortality rates among

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Rewrite the Racial Rules: Building an Inclusive American Economy argues that, in order to understand racial and economic inequality among black Americans, we must acknowledge the racial rules that undergird our economy and society. Those rules—laws, policies, institutions, regulations, and normative practices—are the driving force behind the patently unequal life chances and opportunities for too many individuals. In

After Marco Rubio became the first Republican candidate to release a proposal for paid family leave, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn took a deeper dive to analyze its impact. After using recent Roosevelt polling, which showed 83% percent of Americans, including 85% of independents and 67% of Republicans, favor paid leave, she concludes that Rubio’s plan and other GOP

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After the second GOP Debate and amid continued attacks from Congressional Republicans, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn wrote in The Atlantic about why funding Planned Parenthood is critical for millions of women across the country. She argues that without Planned Parenthood many women in states all over the country would lose access to basic health care and

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As of today, nearly three thousand low-income women in Texas will need to find a new place to get their breast and cervical cancer screenings, thanks to a decision by lawmakers to oust Planned Parenthood from the program that subsidized care for uninsured women. The new rule is just the latest reminder that reproductive health

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Roosevelt Fellow Andrea Flynn recently wrote a piece for Cosmopolitan arguing it’s time for politicians of both parties to start treating access to reproductive health services as an economic security issue, not just a social issue. Reproductive health access and economic security are two sides of the same coin. She looks at a new Report

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In The New Republic, Roosevelt’s Andrea Flynn looks at the past positions of Carly Fiorina and what they could mean for American women and families. She concludes that  Carly Fiorina is really a Trojan Horse in the GOP’s war on women and if she were to become President in 2017 she would do real damage

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Last night Jeb Bush made a slip of the tongue that let us know just where he stands on reproductive health. “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” he said at an event in Nashville. In a way, he’s right: We actually need much more than half a billion

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Senate Republicans failed yesterday to advance a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood, but their crusade against the organization and others like it is far from over. Speaking in support of the legislation she sponsored, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said the Planned Parenthood videos have “shaken the moral compass of our country.” But given

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Hillary Clinton gave her first major economic policy address earlier this week and outlined her goals for lifting wages for the middle class, expanding social services, and addressing growing economic inequality. She said that an important ingredient to strong economic growth is women’s workforce participation, and promised to knock down many of the barriers that

Hillary Clinton gave her first major economic policy address earlier this week and outlined her goals for lifting wages for the middle class, expanding social services, and addressing growing economic inequality. She said that an important ingredient to strong economic growth is women’s workforce participation, and promised to knock down many of the barriers that

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Today the Supreme Court decided in favor of the government and the more than 6 million individuals who now have health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies. The 6–3 King v. Burwell decision—which determined that individuals in all states, not just those that established their own health exchanges, could be eligible for federal

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In the coming days the Supreme Court will decide King v. Burwell, a case on which the health coverage of more than 6 million individuals—and in some ways the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—hinges. As we anticipate that ruling, and as conservative lawmakers propose potential solutions to the crisis that will ensue should

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This policy note argues that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) should not be weakened by court ruling or overturned by legislative action and instead should be expanded and strengthened. In the coming days the Supreme Court will decide yet another case that will determine the fate of that law and the health coverage it has

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Hillary Clinton’s bold speech was a good start, but events in Baltimore show we’re still a long way from addressing inequities. Earlier this week Hillary Clinton used the first major policy address of her campaign to speak passionately about the systemic inequities and injustices that afflict communities of color in the United States, and presented

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Happy Equal Pay Day!

It would certainly be happier if we didn’t need an Equal Pay Day, wouldn’t it?

But it’s 2015 and the wages of U.S. women continue to lag behind those of their male counterparts of equal age, education, and professional experience.

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Allowing guns on campus won’t reduce sexual assault on campus – instead, it will increase the risk of homicide. Two years ago, Republican leaders released a post-mortem analysis of the 2012 election in an effort to better understand how they lost the single woman’s vote by 36 percent. The 100-page report recommended that GOP lawmakers

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Family planning is both vital for econoimc stability and a solid investment with strong returns, so why wasn’t it better funded in the President’s budget? Last week President Obama unveiled a 10-year budget that reflects the ambitious and progressive agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address. With investments in infrastructure, education,

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Is Inequality Killing U.S. Mothers?

The United States’ embarrassing maternal mortality figures are closely tied to extreme economic inequality, and better understanding of one will help the other. Imagine that each year six U.S. passenger jets crashed, killing all passengers on board. Imagine that every person who died on those planes was a woman who was pregnant or recently gave

In the past four years, Governor Brownback has brought radical tax cuts to Kansas, and the gubernatorial election will show if Kansans approve of the result. Read the other state-by-state analyses in this series here. Kansas governor Sam Brownback – one of the most conservative leaders in the nation – is in a close fight to prevent

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Florida’s voters must choose between two candidates who were once members of the same party, which complicates their records. Read the other state-by-state analyses in this series here. Florida’s gubernatorial race is one of the highest-profile elections in the country this year, with incumbent Rick Scott (R) running against former Florida governor – and former Republican –

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As the election approaches, a number of close-call races could have disparate impact on women. This piece is the overview in our Election 2014: Women’s Rights in the Balance series. The state-by-state analyses, to be published over the course of Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31, can be found here. Pundits have long anticipated

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The Court’s rulings place more barriers, both physical and financial, between U.S. women and basic health care. In the last week the Supreme Court announced two decisions that could dramatically change the landscape of women’s health access in the United States. It will be some time before we know the full impact of McCullen v.

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This post is the fourth in the Roosevelt Institute’s National Women’s Health Week series, which will address pressing issues affecting the health and economic security of women and families in the United States. Today’s post looks at states that are taking positive, proactive steps on women’s access to health care. It’s National Women’s Health Week,

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Republicans were quick to distance themselves from the Nevada rancher after his remarks about slavery, but he points to a deeper issue with conservative policy. It’s tempting dismiss Cliven Bundy – the Nevada rancher who last week suggested that blacks were better off under slavery – as a fringe conservative unworthy of any more airtime.

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Poverty shapes the lives of an increasing number of American women and their families and has many consequences,including high rates of unintended pregnancy. Conservatives, eager to further dismantle federal programs and defeat the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), have recently rekindled the idea that marriage promotion will reverse rising rates of poverty, unintended pregnancy, and single parenthood. To

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The Affordable Care Act demonstrates an affirmative, proactive step from government for women’s access to reproductive health care, but conservatives are bent on moving backwards. Contraception should be understood as a fundamental right of American women and a necessary foundation of human security. If that seems controversial, consider this: 99 percent of American women approve

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On Thursday, March 20, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn joined the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association for a briefing on “The Publicly Funded Family Planning Network: An Essential Partner in the New Health Care Environment.” Her prepared remarks are below. The Affordable Care Act represents an historic investment in the health of American

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) represents an unprecedented expansion of the nation’s health care system and an historic investment in the health of American women and girls. The ACA has already improved the lives of millions and will make health care accessible for millions more as rollout continues this year and next. Fulfilling the

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