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In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama outlined a blueprint for helping Americans in a difficult economic climate. Women and families continue to be impacted by the effects of the Great Recession and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) has experts available to discuss their specific needs.
According to IWPR analysis, women have regained about one out of four (23 percent) of the total jobs they lost in the recession, while men have gained more than one out of three (34 percent). The Women’s Scholars Forum, led by IWPR President Heidi Hartmann, outlined several measures for boosting employment for women, some of which were cited in the supporting literature for the American Jobs Act.
Women, on average, continue to earn less than men. As the President acknowledged in his speech, achieving “equal pay for equal work” is an important step forward for the economy.
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Government policies to boost employment for women, the post-recession job gap
Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President of IWPR is an economist, MacArthur fellow, and co-author of Still A Man’s Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap and Equal Pay for Working Families.
She lectures widely on women, economics, and public policy; frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress (most recently at the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the economic status of older women following the recession); and has commented in prominent print and broadcast news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, and PBS NewsHour.
Women’s education and training, work-life balance, job quality
Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director of IWPR is the co-author of “The Costs and Benefits of Policies to Advance Work Life Integration.” She has testified in Congress, has spoken on women’s issues in venues throughout the country, and has appeared in a range of media outlets.
The gender wage gap and pay equity, workplace flexibility, gender discrimination
Ariane Hegewisch, Study Director, started her career in local economic development, developing strategies for greater gender equality in employment and training in local government in the United Kingdom.
She has published many papers and articles and co-edited several books, including “Women, work and inequality: The challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market.” She has been cited in major media outlets in the United States and internationally.