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IWPR publishes its research in formats ranging from short fact sheets to longer form research reports. The Institute publishes on topics addressing the policy needs of women, including pay equity, retirement security, family leave, paid sick days, and employment.

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Latest Reports from IWPR

The Status of Women in New York, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in New Mexico, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in New Jersey, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in New Hampshire, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in Nevada, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in Nebraska, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in Montana, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in the States, 2002: Mississippi
by (August 2002)


The Status of Women in Minnesota, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


Children in Single-Parent Families Living in Poverty Have Fewer Supports after Welfare Reform
by Deanna M. Lyter, Ph.D., Melissa Sills, Gi-Taik Oh, Ph.D. (August 2002)

This Research-in-Brief summarizes a study that explores the economic well-being of children in low-income single-parent families since the 1996 passage of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) or welfare reform. Specifically, we examine how family income and access to health insurance, food stamps, and cash assistance changed for children in low-income single-parent families between 1996 and 2000. While child poverty has improved overall (the share of low-income children living in poverty has fallen), children in poor single-parent families in 2000 are less likely to receive cash assistance, Medicaid, and food stamps. Even the most disadvantaged children—those living in extreme poverty, defined as below half the poverty line—are less likely to receive benefits now than previously.

#D451, Research-in-Brief, 11 pages

The Status of Women in Wyoming, 2002: Highlights
by (August 2002)


Summer 2002 Quarterly Newsletter
by (July 2002)


Women’s Status and Social Capital Across the States
by Amy Caiazza, Ph.D., Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D. (June 2002)

In 2000, Robert Putnam’s book Bowling Alone called attention to a compelling problem: a decline in levels of social capital, or community connectedness, across the United States. On a variety of indicators of political and civic involvement, including voter participation, involvement as members and leaders in civic groups, religious involvement, philanthropy, and even informal activities such as dinner parties and picnics, Americans have fewer connections with their neighbors than they did in the 1950s and 1960s. This Briefing Paper analyzes the relationships between social capital and indicators of women’s status. Using data on social capital from Bowling Alone and data collected by IWPR for its Status of Women in the States project, the paper assesses trends across the states on both dimensions. Overall, the findings suggest that there is a strong relationship between levels of social capital and women’s status. This, in turn, suggests that women and women’s organizations should be engaged in this important national debate.

#I911, Briefing Paper, 7 pages

Disabilities among Children and Mothers in Low-Income Families
by Sunhwa Lee, Ph.D., Melissa Sills, and Gi-Taik Oh, Ph.D. (June 2002)

This Research-in-Brief presents selected findings from an IWPR analysis examining disabilities among children and mothers in low-income families. The findings indicate that single mothers receiving TANF are more likely than other low-income mothers to have a child with a disability. Furthermore, they themselves are more likely to have a disability. Nearly half of single-mothers receiving TANF have a disability or a disabled child, but only a small proportion receives government supports. The high prevalence of disabilities among TANF recipients underscores a need for careful assessment of disability status and accompanying difficulties among low-income families, as well as a need to provide continued income support and expanded childcare services for this highly disadvantaged population.

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Marriage Promotion and Low-Income Communities: An Examination of Real Needs and Real Solutions
by Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D. (May 2002)

One of the most private, personal, and critical decisions one makes in life is if, when, and whom one should marry. It seems the ultimate in big government, if not social engineering, to have public policy anywhere near these critical, life-altering decisions; but this is precisely what some members of Congress and the Bush Administration have in mind, to the tune of $200-300 million per year, in the context of TANF reauthorization.

#D450, Briefing Paper, 6 pages

Life After Welfare Reform: Low-Income Single Parent Families, Pre- and Post-TANF
by Janice Peterson, Xue Song, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D. (May 2002)

This Research-in-Brief is based on selected findings from an Institute for Women’s Policy Research study, Life After Welfare Reform: The Characteristics, Work, and Well Being of Low-Income Single Parent Families, Pre- and Post-PRWORA. The findings in this study underscore the need to make improvements to the welfare system to address gender and racial inequities and focus on poverty reduction.

#D446, Research-in-Brief, 6 pages

Does Women’s Representation in Elected Office Lead to Women-Friendly Policy?
by Amy Caiazza, Ph.D. (April 2002)

#I910, Research-in-Brief, 6 pages

Marriage and Poverty: An Annotated Bibliography
by Hedieh Rahmanou, Amy LeMar (April 2002)

This annotated bibliography is designed to provide researchers, policymakers, advocates, and the general public with an overview of the debate and research surrounding the promotion of marriage as a solution to reducing poverty. In addition to newspaper articles familiarizing the reader with the current debate, topics covered in this bibliography include: economic insecurity and single motherhood, child welfare and single motherhood, factors that influence marital decisions, race and family formation, the conservative and feminist perspectives, and current policy proposals.


New Welfare Proposals Would Require Mothers Receiving Assistance to Work More than the Average American Mom; Child Care Inadequate
by (April 2002)


Winter/Spring 2002 Quarterly Newsletter
by (April 2002)

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