Tara Health is proud to support research and evidence-based best practices to inform investment, grantmaking strategies and the public at large about the health and well-being of women and girls. Click these links below to go directly to research and tools that we have funded in our three focus areas:

U.S. Reproductive & Maternal Health

The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States

March 2018 / Download Report

The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the Unites States by the the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine finds that abortion is a safe and effective form of healthcare. Their findings are discussed at abortionissafe.com. This non-partisan research was developed by an independent panel of 16 field experts  in the first comprehensive look at abortion safety, access and care conducted in the last 40 years. Researchers found that the biggest threat to quality abortion care is medically unnecessary regulations that raise costs and delay procedures for patients.

The U.S. Reproductive Health Investment Case 

October 2017 / Download Report

The U.S. Reproductive Health Investment Case, commissioned by the Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Steering Committee, is a detailed landscape analysis of reproductive health needs in the U.S. The report covers factors that affect access to high-quality contraception and abortion services, and highlights opportunities to invest in high-impact areas. This study aims to increase the amount of philanthropy and impact investment focused on high-impact opportunities to increase American women’s ability to manage their fertility in a safe and dignified manner.

Birthright: A War Story  

July 2017 / Birthrightfilm.com

Birthright: A War Story is a feature-length documentary that examines how women are jailed, physically violated and at risk of death as a result of the aggressive campaign to allow states, courts and religious doctrine to govern whether, when and how women bear children. The documentary explores the accelerating gains of the crusade to control pregnant women and the resulting public health crisis, which turns pregnant women into criminals and challenges the constitutional protections of every woman in America. The film can be viewed on Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon.

Equitable Workplaces

Gender Equality Global Report & Ranking: 2019 Edition

October 2019 / Download Report

Equileap‘s report on gender equality presents the world’s top 100 companies and key findings per theme, country and sector. These rankings are used by many including investors wanting to align their capital with their values. Through their data, Equileap seeks to close the gender gap by promoting corporate transparency and investment in gender equality.

Funding the Bans: A Look at the Major Corporations Financing the Lawmakers Behind State Abortion Bans

August 2019 / Download Report

Watchdog group Equity Forward’s report calls on large corporations to stop funding legislators that have supported restrictive abortion legislation in a number of U.S. states. The report calls on these companies to pull this funding and instead make comparable donations to organizations supporting access to reproductive healthcare to support their workforce. Learn more here.

Stand Up and Stand Out: The Business Case for Supporting Reproductive Rights

April 2019 / Download Report

Stand Up and Stand Out was created by Tara Health grantee NARAL to examine the case for employers and businesses to take a stance on reproductive rights. A poll conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of NARAL found strong support for reproductive rights among workers. The research “reveals that providing support to employees on these points is critical and even shows taking a public stance may have its benefits.”

Gender Equality in the U.S. : Assessing 100 leading companies on workplace equality including healthcare benefits

February 2019 / Download Report

Equileap’s Gender Equality in the U.S. 2019 Report measures companies on healthcare factors. The Tara Health foundation is proud to have supported the development of this report, and remains committed to using evidence-backed standards to measure and track progress in gender equality and women’s health and well-being in the workplace. Read the press coverage of Equileap’s report on CNBC.

Four for Women: A Framework for Evaluating Companies’ Impact on the Women They Employ

October 2018 / Download Report

Four for Women: A Framework for Evaluating Companies’ Impact on the Women They Employ was created by the Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania with the support of the Tara Health Foundation. Researchers rigorously studied hundreds of independent, peer-reviewed academic studies in order to create this framework. Four for Women identifies the four critical factors that positively impact female employees: Representation, pay, health, and satisfaction.

Gender Lens Impact Investing

Gender Equality Funds

November 2018 / Visit Online Tool

The Gender Equality Funds tool by grantee As You Sow enables individual and institutional investors to apply a gender lens to mutual fund and ETF investments. It screens about 5,000 of the most commonly held U.S. mutual funds – including financial giants like Vanguard, BlackRock, and State Street – against a database detailing individual company performance on 12 key gender equality performance indicators.

The Gender Finance Ecosystem Map

October 2018 / View Map

The Gender Finance Ecosystem Map presents a detailed, comprehensive picture of the actors, tools, initiatives, and types of capital that comprise the gender lens finance system, as well as the barriers to and leverage points for systemic change. It can be used by investors and changemakers seeking to understand and discover high-impact levers for change.

Project Sage: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens

October 2017 / Download Report

The Project Sage: Tracking Venture Capital with a Gender Lens report by grantee Wharton Social Impact Initiative maps the landscape of private equity and debt funds that have taken a gender lens investment approach. The field of gender lens impact investing has grown significantly in the past several years. With increased funding pouring into the space, there are now more options for venture capital and debt that aim to put funding behind products and companies that benefit women and girls. Also, read Project Sage 2.0, a landscape survey completed one year later and 7 Takeaways from this follow-up report.

The XX Factor: A Comprehensive Framework for Improving the Lives of Women and Girls

2017 / Download Report

The XX Factor examines the inequalities and opportunities experienced by women and girls, providing the first comprehensive and evidence-based framework to help funders take action. It was created by the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) with the support of Tara Health. The report identifies the five dimensions of a woman’s life that are critical to her flourishing, and identifies ways to measure progress in the lives and well-being of women:

  1. Economic Empowerment
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Legal Rights
  5. Personal Safety