Informing policy. Inspiring change. Improving lives.
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.
It is the leading think tank in the United States focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues. Founded in 1987, IWPR’s reports and other informational resources have informed policies and programs across the country and internationally, in each of its key program areas:
Employment, Education, & Economic Change - Employment and Job Quality, Economic Status of Women in the States , Pay Equity and Discrimination, Access to Higher Education, Unemployment and the Economy
Democracy & Society - The Status of Women and Girls, Immigration and Religion, Women in Unions, Women's Political Participation
Poverty, Welfare, & Income Security - Retirement and Social Security, Poverty, Katrina and the Gulf Coast, Welfare Reform
Work & Family - Early Care and Education, Family Leave and Paid Sick Days, Workplace Flexibility
Health & Safety - Women's access to health insurance, costs and benefits of preventative health services for women, costs of domestic violence
IWPR brings far-reaching expertise to each of its projects through its multi-disciplinary staff of seven Ph.D. and several Masters-level researchers, who have training in the fields of economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, theology, and women’s studies. IWPR’s President, Dr. Heidi I. Hartmann, is a pre-eminent Economist and recipient of the Macarthur “genius” award.
IWPR is affiliated with the graduate program in Public Policy and Women’s Studies at the George Washington University. It also has a network of hundreds of organizational and individual members, many of whom are academic researchers and community leaders around the country. IWPR is also developing a network of affiliated scholars, including the President of the National Council of Negro Women, and several professors at the George Washington University.
IWPR’s research fuels debate, informs policy and programmatic priorities, and improves women’s lives.
IWPR’s work and experts are cited and appear regularly in almost a thousand media sources each year, including the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, television news, and internet media outlets such as The Huffington Post.
IWPR’s work has been used to craft new policies, to inform funding strategies, and to develop programs to promote gender equity and encourage leadership among women and girls.
IWPR's research has helped policymakers, advocates, community leaders, and the media separate myth from fact for almost 25 years. By providing rigorous and reliable data analysis, IWPR has worked each year to shine a light on misleading information and provide credible information on overlooked populations. For instance, IWPR's research has shown that: