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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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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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Increasing Working Mother's Earnings: The Importance of Race, Family, and Job Characteristics
by Heidi I. Hartmann, Ph.D, Roberta M. Spalter-Roth, Ph.D (January 1992)

 

Increasing Working Mothers’ Earnings
by (November 1991)

Previous research on both the earnings of working mothers and the poverty of women-maintained families has employed a sex-segregated model that focuses on family-related characteristics to explain women's low wages or their inferior economic position. These family-related characteristics include such variables as marital status, presence of a full-time working spouse, and number and ages of children. Prior studies also consistently regard working mothers as secondary earners rather than as necessary breadwinners.

 
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Increasing Working Mother's Earnings
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (November 1991)

 
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Science and Politics and the "Dual Vision" of Feminist Policy Research: The Example of Family and Medical Leave
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (September 1991)

 
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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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Women's Health in the United States
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (July 1991)

At a Briefing for Congressional Staff Presented by the Campaign for Women's Health: Women and Healthcare in the United States- A Woman's Health Agenda for Health Policy of the 90's.

 
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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.

 

How Much Will a Public Service Employment Program Reduce Welfare Costs?
by (January 1991)

 
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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.

 

Improving Employment Opportunities for Women Workers: An Assessment of the Ten Year Economic and Legal Impact of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
by (September 1990)

Issues of rights or equity for working women (and men) promise to continue to be as hotly contested in the 1990s as these issues were in the 1970s and 1980s. Organizations representing women workers have been active over the last two decades in seeking policies that address equity issues for working women along with more traditional demands for better wages and benefits. The context for these issues is the increasing number of women in responsibilities for earning wages while simultaneously bearing or caring for children and other family members.

 
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