IWPR Study Director Ariane Hegewisch presents findings from our IWPR
occupational wage gap fact sheet at the Equal Pay Day
congressional briefing on April 17, 2012.
By Claudia Williams
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research analyzes the status of women across the United States, recognizing that having reliable local data is of crucial importance to designing relevant public policies.
IWPR reports on the status of women usually examine some or all indicators in five areas that profoundly shape women’s lives: employment and earnings, social and economic autonomy, reproductive rights, health and well-being, and political participation. Based on these indicators, IWPR reports bring attention to women’s contributions to the economy in their local communities, as well as to the multiple challenges they face.
IWPR reports not only provide a comprehensive snapshot of the lives of women and girls in a particular locality, but also disaggregate the data to capture differing experiences by race and ethnicity. IWPR will soon release a report on the status of women and girls in New Haven, and will soon begin analyses for reports on North Carolina and West Virginia.
In addition, IWPR recently released the 2010 state-by-state rankings and data on indicators of women's social and economic status. These new analyses reveal that:
A close examination of these indicators reveals that women continue advancing in the realms of employment and earnings, but the playing field is still not even, leaving many women and families without economic security. The key to improving the status of women is to promote programs and policies that diminish gender and race-based inequities. IWPR’s research continues to shed light on inequalities—from rates of access to health insurance to rates of business ownership—in order to call attention to the need for improvements in policy.