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Elyse Shaw, Special Assistant, Office of the President & Research Associate

Elyse Shaw

After graduating from American University’s School of International Service with a Masters of Arts in International Relations, Elyse Shaw joined IWPR as the Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Editor for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy in August of 2012. Before joining IWPR, Elyse’s graduate work focused on the intersection of gender and post-conflict peacebuilding, leading her to write a thesis analyzing the impact and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which was enacted to both increase gender awareness in peacebuilding efforts as well as increase women’s participation in negotiations and post-conflict development. Since joining IWPR, Elyse has worked on a variety of issues including women and the economy, the recession and recovery, retirement security, women and non-traditional occupations, and political parity, among others.

Latest Reports from IWPR

Women and Men in the Recovery: Where the Jobs Are; Women’s Recovery Strengthens in Year Four
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., Elyse Shaw, and Elizabeth Pandya (November 2013)

While the number of jobs dropped steeply, particularly for men, in the Great Recession, slow job growth has characterized much of the recovery. In the first two years of the recovery men saw faster job growth than women. In the third year of recovery, women's job growth saw pronounced gains and had largely caught up to men's. Strong gains continued for women into the fourth year of recovery where, overall, the percentage of job’s recovered for women surpassed that of men’s. As of June 2013, men had regained 68 percent of the jobs they lost in the recession and women had regained 91 percent of the jobs they lost.


Enhancing the Status of Women: How Engaging Women in Leadership Creates a More Inclusive Democracy and Improves Women’s Lives
by Elyse Shaw, Drew McCormick, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., and Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (May 2013)

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research has been at the forefront of research on issues and policies that affect women’s continued participation and leadership in society and politics. Through its analysis of the issues of greatest importance to women in society, IWPR has greatly contributed to social and policy changes. The research done by IWPR in the area of democracy and society across the years has shown the ways in which American society benefits from the advancement of women in leadership positions and women’s increased civic and political engagement. IWPR’s research also highlights policy changes that would help women achieve greater equity. IWPR continues to work both internationally and domestically to provide relevant data on issues of importance to women’s lives and has disseminated its research through various conferences to ensure that advocates and policymakers alike have the tools to enable them to participate in making policy changes that benefit women and their families.

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