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76% of Food Service Workers Lack Access to Paid Sick Days

Posted March 4th, 2014 by

Hispanic Workers are the Least Likely to Have Access New analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that access to paid sick days is unequally distributed across the U.S. population, with substantial differences by race/ethnicity, occupation, earnings, and employment status. Analyzing the National Health Interview Survey, IWPR found that 61 percent of [...]

Leaning In, Lifting Up, and Making Success Achievable for All Women

Posted March 14th, 2013 by

A little over 25 years ago, Dr. Heidi Hartmann dashed between meetings and a part-time fellowship in a 1969 Buick with a couple of boxes of files dedicated to research on women’s economic security in the back of a rather sizable trunk. This corner of Dr. Hartmann’s Buick can safely be referred to as the [...]

Why aren’t we talking about increasing Social Security benefits?

Posted October 13th, 2011 by

For a long time – even before some of the current crop of presidential candidates began accusing America’s most successful public program of being nothing more than a “Ponzi scheme” – the national conversation about “fixing” Social Security has centered around cutting benefits or raising the retirement age (also a benefit cut, albeit by another [...]

A Pepsi Experiment: Providing Critical Information to Community Leaders

Posted June 7th, 2011 by

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is venturing into new territory. IWPR has been selected to compete in the Pepsi Refresh Project, a voter-driven contest that could win IWPR $25,000 for raising awareness on the status of women. With previous grants going to projects that build playgrounds in local communities or provide spay/neuter surgeries for [...]

Social Security on the Rocks: What’s at Stake for Younger Women

Posted May 20th, 2011 by

For many young working women, retirement security rests at the bottom of a lengthy priority list loaded with seemingly more pressing concerns. These include  finding a satisfying, well-paying job, negotiating a raise and, for many, juggling family responsibilities with career advancement. Social Security, a government program associated with older Americans, might seem even more abstract to [...]

Research Roundup from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research: Mother’s Day Edition

Posted May 6th, 2011 by

In time for Mother’s Day, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a leading think tank in the U.S. focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues, released a compilation of recent IWPR research findings that illustrate the current status of women, especially mothers, in the U.S. When IWPR posted a “Top 5” list of our most revealing research findings [...]

Visualizing the Gender Wage Gap

Posted April 12th, 2011 by

On April 12, we will “celebrate” Equal Pay Day, held on a Tuesday every year to symbolize how far into a second work week women must work to earn the same amount men earn in a single work week. Research shows that the wage gap is real and has had adverse effects on women’s lifetime earnings and family economic security. [...]

Dukes v. Wal-Mart and the Importance of Class Action Lawsuits in Addressing Systemic Sex Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted March 29th, 2011 by

Written with Ariane Hegewisch, Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday to decide whether the lower courts rightly certified the women at Wal-Mart as a class. Wal-Mart’s own salary data shows that on average women earn $1,100 per year less than men, differences that cannot be [...]

Who Suffers without Collective Bargaining in Wisconsin? Families.

Posted March 11th, 2011 by

A new development in the Wisconsin union story occurred a couple nights ago when Wisconsin’s Republican state senators discovered a roundabout way, without any of their Democratic colleagues present, to pass a bill that will strip collective bargaining for public sector employees in the state. The state senators took out the “financial” aspects of the [...]

What’s at Stake for Women Workers in Wisconsin and Beyond

Posted March 4th, 2011 by

The budget battles in Wisconsin, Indiana, and across the Midwestern United States have inspired a barrage of commentary about what the successful passage of the proposed state laws to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining power would mean for public sector workers (not good), black workers (really not good), and the future of [...]

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