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The Institute for Women’s Policy Research

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.

Dr. Hartmann Speaks on Existing Workplace Inequalities

Heidi Hartmann Speaks at DOL SymposiumIWPR President Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., spoke at a symposium, "Different and Equal in the 21st Century Workplace," hosted by the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Hartmann's presentation focused on existing workplace inequalities, including the current gender wage gap. (Photo: Dr. Hartmann, with Women's Bureau Director Sara Manzano-Diaz, speaks at the Women's Bureau symposium in September. Photo courtesy of the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor.)

Latest Reports from IWPR

Women in Construction and the Economic Recovery: Results from 2013 IWPR Tradeswomen Survey
by Ariane Hegewisch and Brigid O'Farrell (August 2014)

This research-in-brief draws on the 2013 IWPR Tradeswomen Survey, an exploratory survey on the opportunities and challenges for women working in construction trades. The survey, distributed online to tradeswomen organizations and networks yielded responses from 219 U.S.-based tradeswomen from 33 states. The survey results present a mixed picture for women in construction. While many respondents are earning good wages, unemployment and underemployment are still high and nationally higher for women than men. The majority of respondents report that they feel largely treated equally to men, yet far too many report unequal treatment in hiring, training, assignments, and promotions. Three in ten respondents report high levels of harassment, and more than one in ten experienced severe enough employment discrimination to make a formal charge to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Fewer than five respondents in total reported having learned about opportunities in the trades through school or career counselors; schools and career counselors are failing to alert women to opportunities in construction even though construction jobs offer much higher potential earnings than most occupations that do not require college level education. These findings suggest that contractors, unions, and the government are failing to recruit, train, and ensure a safe workplace free of harassment for many women.

 

The Costs and Benefits of Paid Sick Days (Testimony before the Mayor's Task Force on Paid Sick Leave of Philadelphia)
by Jessica Milli, Ph.D. (August 2014)

Testimony of Jessica Milli, Ph.D., before the Mayor’s Task Force on Paid Sick Leave of Philadelphia (August 6, 2014)

 

Community College Students Need Fair Job Scheduling Practices
by Lindsey Reichlin, Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (July 2014)

Working is often critical to community college students’ ability to pursue a postsecondary education, but holding a job while in school can threaten a student’s success in college. For students to succeed at both school and work, they need jobs with predictable schedules and they need to have a say in scheduling so that work does not conflict with classes. This is especially important for students who are also parents, who must often schedule child care in addition to work and school.

 

Paid Sick Days Access Varies by Race/Ethnicity, and Job Characteristics
by Rachel O'Connor, Jeff Hayes, Ph.D., Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (July 2014)

Paid sick days bring multiple benefits to employers, workers, families, and communities at large. The economic and public health benefits of paid sick leave coverage are substantial, including safer work environments; reduced spread of contagion; and reduced health care costs. Access to this important benefit, however, is still too rare, and is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race and ethnicity, occupation, earnings levels, and work schedules. New data also reveals differences by sexual orientation, especially for men.

 

Building Women’s Political Careers: Strengthening the Pipeline to Higher Office
by Denise L. Baer, Heidi I. Hartmann (May 2014)

This report was prepared by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) for Political Parity, a program of the Hunt Alternatives Fund. The report analyzes results from interviews with experienced candidates and officeholders and several focus groups with elected state legislators, young elected officials, and congressional staff members to investigate how women make the decision to run and how they develop their political careers, with a focus on seeking or achieving higher office. The report is a part of IWPR's larger body of work on examining women’s roles in civic and political leadership.Political Parity, a nonpartisan program of Hunt Alternatives Fund, supports research that tests innovative ideas and defines effective strategies to elect more women in these roles. Political Parity published a separate report and executive summary combining results from this qualitative study, the Achieving Parity Study (APS), and an original quantitative survey of state legislators, The Female State Legislators Survey (FSLS), conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting. Both studies examine the motivators and obstacles female candidates and elected officials consider when deciding whether or not to run for higher office. All Political Parity publications are available at www.politicalparity.org.

 
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