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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

The Status of Women in Michigan Report
by (November 1996)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Michigan.


The Status of Women in Maryland Report
by (November 1996)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in Maryland.


The Status of Women in the District of Columbia Report
by (November 1996)

A comprehensive study of women's lives in the District of Columbia. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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Employment and Women's Health
by Joan Kuriansky, Christine Owens, Heidi Hartmann (October 1996)

This analysis of the Commonwealth Fund 1993 of Women's Health examines whether working women are healthier. Finds that employed women are healthier, particularly those with health insurance, than women who are not employed. Discusses policy implications for older women and part-time workers. Published in Women's Health: The Commonwealth Fund Survey, Marilyn M. Falik and Karen Scott Collins, 1996.

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Child Care Usage Among Low-Income and AFDC Families
by Heidi Hartmann, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Hsiao-Ye Yi, and Lois Shaw (October 1996)

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Using Temporary Disability Insurance to Provide Paid Family Leave: A Comparison with the Family and Medical Leave Act
by IWPR (April 1996)

Presents IWPR estimates of the cost of using Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI) to provide paid family leave in ten states. Argues the cost would be lower than Unemployment Insurance ad TDI would cover more workesr than FMLA does.

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Food Stamps and AFDC: A Double Life-Line for Low-income Working Single Mothers
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D. and Enrique Soto (April 1996)

This report investigates the current relationship between participation in the AFDC program and enrollment in the Food Stamp Program. It finds that eligible working single mothers who combine or cycle between paid employment and receipt of AFDC are significantly more likely to obtain food stamps if they are also receiving AFDC.

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Looking Toward the Worklpace of the 21st Century: Closing the Policy Gap for Working Women
by Heidi Hartmann (March 1996)

A lecture given at George Washington University as part of the Annual Nancy Yulee Lecture Series. Overview of women's labor force participation, women's educational attainment, the wage gap, and family roles, as well as public policy changes that could help to alleviate gender inequities.

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Do Mothers Stay on the Job? What Employers Can Do to Increase Retention after Childbirth
by IWPR (March 1996)

Seventy percent of women who give birth return to work with the same employer within six months. This retnention rate could be higher, according to research by Jennifer Glass of the University of Iowa, which concludes that mothers need longer parenting leaves, flexible hours, and social supports in the workplace. Available by mail in limited quantities. E-mail iwpr [at] iwpr [dot] org to place an order.

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Are Mommies Dropping Out of the Labor Force? No!
by Janice Hamilton Outzz (March 1996)

Despite a spate of recent news articles reporting a slow down and even reversal of the long-term growth in women's labor force participation-- articles that assume the reversal is led by mothers anxious to stay at home with their children-- the data show that most mothers are continuing to increase their participation in the labor force, even during the current recession. More women are working than ever before. Married mothers and mothers of very young children have increased their labor force participation most.

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Affirmative Action in Employment: An Overview
by Jodi Burns (January 1996)

An IWPR briefing paper providing a review of the employment and wages of white women, black men, and black women relative o white men after implementation of affirmative action policies.


Status of Women in the States: Fact Sheet
by (January 1996)

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The Effectiveness of Equal Employment opportunities Policies
by Heidi Hartmann, M. V. Lee Badgett (November 1995)

A chapter published in Economic Perspectives on Affirmative Action, Margaret C. Simms (ed.), University Press of America, 1995. Reviews quantitative research literature assessing the effectiveness of federal equal employment opportunity policies. Also reviews federal policy and legal requirements for firms, discusses studies examining how policies affect firms' performance and profits, and suggests further research.

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Food Stamp Participation and the Economic Well Being of Single Mothers
by Andrew Groat and Kris Ronan (August 1995)

In new research entitled "Food Stamps and AFDC: A Double Life-Line for Low-Income Single Working Mothers," the Institute for Women's Policy Research shows that eligible families of single working mothers are more likely to participate in the Food Stamp Program during the months in which they receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The study also shows that major losses in family purchasing power occur when they do not receive food stamp benefits but are eligible to do so.

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The Economic Impact of Contingent Work on Women and Their Families
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (August 1995)

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Contingent Work: Its Consequences for Well-Being, The Gendered Division of Labor, and the Welfare State
by Roberta Spalter-Roth, Ph.D, and Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D (August 1995)

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Unemployment Insurance: Barriers to Access for Women and Part-Time Workers
by Young-Hee Yoon, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Marc Baldwin (July 1995)

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Providing Paid Family Leave: Estimating the Cost of Expanding California's Disability Insurance Program
by Stephanie Aaronson (June 1995)

Testimony before the U.S. Comission on Family and Medical Leave, San Francisco, CA. Estimates teh cost of expanding California's Temporary Disability INsurance Program and examines the feasibility of using the temporary disability insurance model to provide paid family leave to workers. Argues that paid family and medical elave is economically feasible.

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Unemployment Insurance: Barriers to Access for Women and Part-time Workers
by Young-Hee Yoon, Roberta Spalter-Roth, and Marc Baldwin (June 1995)

This fact sheet is based on the report titled "Unemployment Insurance: Barriers to Access for Women and Part Time Workers."


Children and Families in the District of Columbia: Child Care Needs
by (May 1995)

Washington, D.C. is a city that is in transition. The District of Columbia's population has been declining for several decades. The diversity of the population, e.g., race/ ehnicity, living arrangements, geography has increased, however. The District's child population is a big part of the change. Whole the under age 18 population decreased, the number of births to D.C. residents increased. Child care in the nation's capital, like the nation in general, is essential. the increased labor force participation of mothers, increased poverty rates, and the increasing evidence of positive effects of preschool on poor children, has made understanding the demographics of children and their families very necessary.

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