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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

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Improving Women's Status in the Workforce: The Family Issue of the Future
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann (July 1991)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment and Productivity, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate. Presentation of research findings to dispel the "Myth of the Drop-Out Mom". Argues women's wages are becoming more, not less, important for families and provides policy strategies to help improve women's labor froce status and earnings.

 
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Unnecessary Losses:Costs to Americans for the Lack of Family and Medical Leave
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (May 1991)

Unnecessary Losses concludes that the costs to workers and taxpayers of the current lack of national policy are many times greater than the cost to business of having a national policy. Having a national leave policy would reduce the costs to workers and society of the socially necessary tasks of childbirth, child care and eldercare, or of illness, because having the right to return to their jobs would reduce unemployment and earnings losses for workers who must be absent for these reasons.

 
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Improving Employment Opportunities for Women
by Heidi Hartmann, Roberta Spalter-Roth (February 1991)

Testimony on H.R. 1 Civil Rights Act of 1991, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. Describes the importance of women's earnings for family survival, the continued existence of wage and job discrimination, and the effectiveness of civil rights and anti-discrimination policies. Argues that ensuring equal employment opportunities for all workers is needed to strengthen the economy.

 
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Women's Work, Family Diversity, and Employment Instability: Public Policy Responses to New Realities
by Heidi Hartmann (January 1991)

Testimony before the Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate, Washingotn, DC. Argues that public policy assumes a predominantly white male workforce, traditional families, and stable employment patterns. Offers policy suggestions to more accurately reflect the increasing diversity in the labor force, family structure, and instability in employment and to better secure the nation's long term economic health.

 
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Contingent Work: A Chart Book on Part-Time and Temporary Employment
by Polly Callaghan and Heidi Hartmann (January 1991)

 
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Working Parents: Differences, Similarities, And the Implications for a Policy Agenda
by Heidi I. Hartmann, Ph.D, Roberta M. Spalter-Roth, Ph.D (November 1990)

This paper has several goals: to describe, for the United States, the universe of working parents and their children; to note the differences and similarities among these parents and children, based on family structure, economic situation and race and ethnicity; and to explore their needs and consider how they can best be addressed by private and public policies.

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1990)

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low-Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D., Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., and Linda M. Andrews (August 1990)

In this paper we investigate the ability of women workers to earn a family wage–a wage adequate to support the worker, two children, and the services of a "housewife substitute" at or above the poverty level; how this ability varies by race, ethnicity, and marital status; the implications for children's poverty; and the extent to which income-support programs function as a substitute for a family wage.

 

Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave
by Roberta M. Spalter-Roth and Heidi Hartmann (April 1990)

 
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Raises and Recognition: Secretaries, Clerical Workers and the Union Wage Premium
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (April 1990)

 
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Raises and Recognition: Secretaries, Clerical Workers and the Union Wage Premium
by Heidi Hartmann and Roberta Spalter-Roth (April 1990)

 
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Women in Telecommunications: An Exception to the Rule
by Heidi Hartmann and Roberta Spalter-Roth (April 1990)

 
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Low-Wage Work, Health Benefits, and Family Well-Being
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (March 1990)

 
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Temporary Work
by Heidi Hartmann and June Lapidus (March 1990)

 
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Low-Wage Jobs and Workers: Trends and Options for Change
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Diana Pierce, Heidi Hartmann, Linda Andrews, and Stephen Hopkins (November 1989)

 
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Temporary Work
by Heidi Hartmann and June Lapidus (September 1989)

 
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Mothers, Children, and Low-Wage Work: The Ability to Earn a Family Wage
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

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Recent Wage Developments in Telecommunications: An Example from the Northeast
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

 
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The Importance of Health Benefits in the Telecommunications Industry
by Roberta Spalter-Roth and Linda Andrews (August 1989)

 
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The Dual Disadvantage of Displaced Homemakers: Findings from the Study, Lw-Wage Jobs and Workers: trends and options for Change
by Roberta Spalter-Roth (June 1989)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Employment and Productivity, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Senate. Examines trends in the low-wage work to family poverty, and factors of upward mobility to provide a basis for policy development. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

 
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