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Student Parents’ Access to Campus Child Care Continued to Decline in 2015
by Institute for Women's Policy Research (July 2016)

The 4.8 million parents enrolled in college perform a complicated balancing act.1 According to new IWPR analysis, availability of campus child care continued to decline in 2015, with just under half of public four-year institutions providing campus child care services, down from a high of 55 percent in 2003-05 (Figure 1). At community colleges, where the largest share of parents are enrolled, only 44 percent report having an on-campus center, down from over half (53 percent) in 2003-04 (Figure 1).2 Given the importance of higher education to a family’s economic security and their children’s future success, ensuring that student parents have access to affordable, quality care must be a priority for educational institutions, higher education advocates, and policymakers.


The Gender Patenting Gap
by Jessica Milli, Barbara Gault, Emma Williams-Baron, Jenny Xia, and Meika Berlan (July 2016)

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research reviewed and analyzed published data and literature on women and patenting, finding that women hold an extremely small share of patents, and that at the current rate of progress, gender equity is more than 75 years away. This briefing paper presents a snapshot of the data and related recommendations.


Paid Sick Days Benefit Employers, Workers, and the Economy
by Jessica Milli, Jenny Xia, and Jisun Min (July 2016)

Millions of workers have gained access to paid sick days in recent years through new laws in five states, 23 cities, and one county across the country. Yet millions more still would not be paid if they need to stay at home when they are sick or need to care for a family member who is ill. As of 2014, 51 million workers lacked access to paid sick days. Research has documented many benefits of paid sick days policies for workers, businesses, and communities as a whole. These benefits would multiply substantially if more workers gained access to paid sick days. This briefing paper summarizes research on the benefits of paid sick days and the effects of paid sick days policies in places that have them.


Women Continue Strong Recent Job Gains: 78 percent of Jobs Added in 2nd Quarter of 2016 Went to Women
by Institute for Women's Policy Research (July 2016)

July Jobs Report Confirms New Labor Market Normal: Smaller Gender Gap in Payroll Jobs following the Great Recession. Across the Recovery, Women Have Gained 45 Percent of Jobs Added Since June 2009, a Higher Share than They Lost in the Recession

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