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Publications

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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What Do Unions Do for Women?
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Nancy Collins (January 1994)

 

The Health Benefits and Potential Savings from Screening and Intervention for Domestic Violence
by Stephanie Aaronson and Nicoletta Karam (January 1994)

#B216, Research in Brief, 4 pages
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The Impact of the Glass Ceiling and Structural Change on Minorities and Women
by Lois Shaw, Dell Champlin, Heidi Hartmann, and Roberta Spalter-Roth (December 1993)

 
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Dependence on Men, the Market, or the State: The Rhetoric and Reality of Welfare Reform
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (November 1993)

 
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The Real Employment Opportunities of Women Participating in AFDC: What the Market Can Prove
by Heidi Hartmann and Roberta Spalter-Roth (October 1993)

 
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Supporting Work: The Relation Between Employment Opportunities and Financial and Other Support Programs
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Beverly Burr (August 1993)

Testimony before the Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. Describes employment patterns of single mothers with a history of AFDC receipt. Argues that to implement a time-limited welfare reform plan, eligibility and benefit levels for the Earned Income Tax Credit and Unemployment Insurance must be expanded.

 
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Self Employment Versus Wage and Salary Jobs: How Do Women Fare?
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D, and Lois Shaw, Ph.D (July 1993)

 

New IWPR Study Examines the Benefits of Alternative Employment Patterns for Male and Female Workers
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D, and Lois Shaw (June 1993)

 

Exploring the Characteristics of Self-Employment and Part-Time Work Among Women
by (May 1993)

The quality of jobs created during the 1980s-- and whether these were "good" jobs or "bad" jobs-- has been the source of a highly charged debate. The quality of jobs is of increasing importance to women as their financial responsibility for themselves and their families has grown, and they have been seeking employment opportunities at increasing rates. Between 1970 and 1990 the labor force participation rates of mothers increased from about 40 percent to 67 percent, so that by 1990, 22 million mothers were in the labor force. Six million of these women workers were single parents. Because of family responsibilities, and for other reasons, such as requiring more education, many women may seek alternative, more flexible employment, both in part-time work and self-employment. As a result, the caliber of part-time jobs, self-employment, and other alternative forms of employment available to women workers in a pressing topic for research.

 

Exploring the Characteristics of Self-Employment and Part-Time Work Among Women
by (May 1993)

The quality of jobs created during the 1980s-- and whether these were "good" jobs or "bad" jobs-- has been the source of a highly charged debate. The quality of jobs is of increasing importance to women as their financial responsibility for themselves and their families has grown, and they have been seeking employment opportunities at increasing rates.

 
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What is Temporary Disability Insurance?
by Stephanie Aaronson (May 1993)

 
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Feminist Economic Agendas and the Clinton Plan
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D. (March 1993)

 
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Do Mothers Stay on the Job? What Employers Can Do to Increase Retention After Childbirth
by Janice Hamilton Outzz (February 1993)

Since 1989, when Felice Schwartz created a furor with her "Mommy Track" piece in the pages of Harvard Business Review, two things have become abundantly clear: the growth in employment among mothers of infants and toddlers shows no sign of stopping or reversing itself, and the US is in the middle of a baby "boomlet" as the baby boomers continue to have their postponed while younger cohorts start their child bearing years earlier than the baby boomers did. So just how far have we come in our understanding of how to manage maternity in the workplace? Fortunately, two recent studies shed light on many of the mistaken assumptions and open questions about the behavior of employed women who become pregnant.

 
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Combinando El Trabajo Y La Asistencia Social: Una Estrategia Alterna Para Combatir La Pobreza
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (November 1992)

 
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Combining Work and Welfare: An Alternative Anti-Poverty Strategy
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (November 1992)

 

Women's Policy Agenda, 1992
by (October 1992)

It is time for American women's vital economic interests to be recognized and acted upon. Women are at a grave disadvantage in this country. They frequently suffer limited opportunities, discrimination and harassment on the job in violation of our laws. Millions of women from all recial and ethnic groups live in poverty, enmeshed in a welfare system that is a trap and a disgrace. Women shoulder a disproportionate share of the burdens of family care. The Women's Policy Agenda that we propose would serve to redress the disadvantages women suffer. It would improve their lives, and their children's.

 
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978: A Ten Year Progress Report
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, Claudia Withers, and Sheila Gibbs (September 1992)

 
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Raising Women's Earnings: The Family Issue of the 1990's
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D, with assistance from Deborah Clearwaters (September 1992)

 
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Combining Work and Welfare: An Alternative Anti-Poverty Strategy
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann, and Linda Andrews (May 1992)

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Women in Telecommunications: Exception to the Rule of Low Pay for Women's Work
by Roberta Spalter-Roth and Heidi Hartmann (May 1992)

 
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