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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

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Feminism vs Familism: Research and Policy for the 1990's
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, PH.D (November 1988)

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Women's Work, Economic Trends, and Policy Issues
by Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (May 1988)

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The Economic Realities of Child Care
by Heidi Hartmann (April 1988)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC, and Supplementary Statement. Suggests that public subsidies for child care and public regulation of child care providers are warranted, and that policies assisting parents in combining work with family care will ensure workers needed for economic growth. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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Wages of Salaries of Child Care Workers: The Economic and Social Implications of Raising Child Care Worker's Salaries
by Diana Pearce (March 1988)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Children, Drugs, and Alcoholism, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S. Sebate, Washington, DC. Describes who are the child care workers, their salaries, reasons the salaries are so low, and teh effects of low salaries. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.


OPM Comparable Worth / Pay Equity Study Overstates Women’s Progress In Federal Workplace
by (November 1987)

A recent report by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) contains numerous misleading conclusions about women's progress in the federal government and the impact of pay equity (also known as comparable worth) on women's future employment gains in this sector. The data the OPM report and its assessment of comparable worth/ pay equity are flawed. OPM overstates the progress of women in a few occupations and grades and ignores the continued predominance of women in low-paid, female-intensive occupations-- the exact problem that pay equity is meant to address. This paper uses data from the OPM report, and other unpublished data from the agency, to show why pay equity is still needed in the federal government.

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Costs to Women and Their Families of Childbirth and Lack of Parental Leave
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Heidi Hartmann (October 1987)

Testimony before the Subcommittee on Children, Families, Drugs and Alcoholism, Committee on Labor and Human Resources, U.S., using figures and charts from IWPR's study Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave.

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Gender Practices and Employment: The Sears Case and the Issue of "Choice"
by Phyllis Palmer and Roberta Spalter-Roth (September 1987)

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