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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.

For a full overview of our research areas and to view publications by topic, please visit our Initiatives area. All publications are available for free download on our website or you may choose to buy them through the Google Checkout icon to the right of the publication listing.  To request a publication by phone or e-mail, please contact Mallory Mpare at 202-785-5100 or mpare@iwpr.org.

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Latest Reports from IWPR

The Status of Women in New Hampshire: Highlights
by (July 2000)

New Hampshire reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in New Hampshire and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in New Hampshire and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Minnesota: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Minnesota reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Minnesota and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Minnesota and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Indiana:Highlights
by (July 2000)

Indiana reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Indiana and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Indiana and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Hawaii: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Hawai‘i reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Hawai‘i and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Hawai‘i and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Colorado: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Colorado reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Colorado and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Colorado and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Arkansas: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Arkansas reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Arkansas and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Arkansas and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 

The Status of Women in Arizona: Highlights
by (July 2000)

Arizona reflects both the advances and limited progress achieved by women in the United States. Women in Arizona and the United States as a whole are seeing important changes in their lives and in their access to political, economic, and social rights. However, they by no means enjoy equality with men, and they still lack many of the legal guarantees that would allow them to achieve that equality. Women in Arizona and the nation would benefit from stronger enforcement of equal opportunity laws, better political representation, adequate and affordable child care, and other policies that would help improve their status.

 
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New and Stronger Remedies Are Needed to Reduce Gender Based Wage Discrimination
by Heidi Hartmann (June 2000)

Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Part of a hearing on Examining Gender-Based Wage Discrimination. Reviews scholarly literature and cites IWPR research to argue that pay equity remedies are needed to reduce the gender wage gap. Eliminating wage discrimination against women could reduce family poverty by one half.

 

Spring 2000 Quarterly Newsletter
by (April 2000)

 

Unemployment Insurance Reform for the New Workforce
by Annisah Um’rani, Vicky Lovell, Ph.D. (March 2000)

Proceedings of the Strategy Forum for Improving Unemployment Insurance Policies to Benefit Women, Low-Wage and Contingent Workers, sponsored by IWPR and the National Employment Law Project.

 

Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women
by Catherine Hill, Ph.D. (March 2000)

Social Security reform is a women’s issue. Women make up 60 percent of Social Security beneficiaries, and they depend more heavily on Social Security than men do for their income in retirement. Half of the women aged 65 and older would be poor if not for Social Security. For 25 percent of elderly women who live alone, Social Security is their only source of income. (For an explanation of the benefits for women under the current Social Security system, see Table 1.)

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Strengthening Social Security for Women--A Report from the Working Conference on Women and Social Security
by Heidi Hartmann and Catherine Hill with Lisa Witter (March 2000)

This report is from the 1999 Working Conference on Women and Social Security. It presents recommendations on how to close Social Security's projected solvency gap as well as options to strengthen Social Security for women and families.

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Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women: A Response to the Cato Institute's Proposal for Individual Accounts
by Catherine Hill, Ph.D. (February 2000)

In a 1998 memorandum to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Cato Institute claimed that its proposals meet the National Council of Women’s Organizations’ (NCWO) “check list” for Social Security reform and hence deserve NCWO’s support. This fact sheet refutes this claim, drawing attention to four central problems with privatizing Social Security: increased risk, the high costs associated with the transition from a pay-as-you-go to a pre-funded system, and the high costs of administrating individual accounts and purchasing life and disability insurance in the private market. Table 2 responds to the Cato Institute’s claims regarding the NCWO’s principles for Social Security reform point by point and concludes that privatizing Social Security would hurt, not help, most women.

 

Strengthening Social Security for Women--A Report from the Working Conference on Women and Social Security
by Heidi Hartmann and Catherine Hill with Lisa Witter (February 2000)

This report is from the 1999 Working Conference on Women and Social Security. It presents recommendations on how to close Social Security's projected solvency gap as well as options to strengthen Social Security for women and families.

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Women's Political Participation: Status of the Women in the States
by Amy Young (February 2000)

Participating in the political process is one way women can seek representation of their interests and influence policies affecting their lives. Voter registration and turnout, female state and federal elected representation, and women's state institutional resources are all crucial to making women's political concerns visible. Although women have made significant political gains over the last century, women are far from achieving political equality. Eighty years after the Nineteenth Amendment granted female suffrage, women today are more likely than men to register and to vote. However, women are still drastically underrepresented in federal and state government. Although slightly more than half the population, women hold only 12.1 percent of seats in the US Congress and 22.4 percent of seats in state legislatures across the country. "The Status of Women in the States" is an ongoing research project conducted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) to establish baseline measures of the status of women in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Political participation is one of several measures IWPR uses to compare women's status among the states.

 
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Why Privatizing Social Security Would Hurt Women: A Response to the Cato Institute's Proposal for Individual Accounts
by Catherine Hill, Lois Shaw, Heidi Hartmann (February 2000)

 

The Gender Wage Gap Earnings Ratio Between Women and Men Employed Full-Time, Year-Round, 1997
by April Shaw (January 2000)

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s ongoing research project The Status of Women in the States measures women’s status in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. One component of this project is the calculation of the gender wage gap. This table presents the results of this state-by-state calculation.

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Part-Time Opportunities for Professionals and Managers: Where are They, Who uses Them and Why
by Heidi Hartmann, PhD, Young-Hee Yoon, PhD, and Diana Zuckerman, PhD (January 2000)

Married women and children entered the workforce in unprecedented numbers during the last two decades, and part-time employment is one strategy that could potentially help employees successfully integrate their work and family responsibilities. This study by the Institute for Women's Policy Research provides new information about an important and large group of employees-managers and professionals, who together constitute 29 percent of the labor force.

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Winter 2000 Quarterly Newsletter
by (January 2000)

 

Strengthening Social Security for Women
by Task for on Women and Social Security, National Council of Women's Organizations in Collaboration with IWPR (January 2000)

A report from the working conference on Women and Social Security.

 
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