Paying Homage to IWPR on Labor Day

by ZontaDoris

An excellent resource for getting acquainted with and educated on women’s economic issues is in Washington, DC.

heidi_hartmann_image_159pxThe Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonprofit established to do “comprehensive, women-focused, policy-oriented research” started almost 30 years ago in 1987.  Its founder, Heidi Hartmann, a brilliant economist, was concerned about  “gender-based economic injustice; an awareness fostered by her upbringing in a single-mother, single-income household” discussed here.

Hartmann started doing research on the economic status of women that no one else was doing in government or in nationally recognized think tanks.  Her work was so novel and self-directed that she won a genius award from the MacArthur Foundation.  Hartmann plowed this award–over $300,000–with no strings attached, into the Institute for Women’s Policy Research’s operational budget. 

The value of IWPR cannot be stressed enough.

The Institute has filled a unique niche by … putting relevant, high quality facts in the hands of thousands of local leaders and advocates, increasing their ability to shape and implement legislation that benefits women and their families. IWPR has published hundreds of reports, fact sheets, and research-in-briefs that place women as the central point of analysis. 

lorretta_Johnson_160pxWhen I received my “Labor Day Good Morning” email from Lorretta Johnson, Vice Chair, IWPR Board of Directors, naming valuable publications documenting the economic status of women, I wished to share them with you.  Please enjoy and learn.  And consider donating to IWPR–they effectively use their resources on behalf of women and their families in the United States.

There is no one else like IWPR. Without them, we would not have our current understanding of women’s economic standing in this country–our earnings ratio in relation to men, and what we need to do to address economic inequities, and enable women to be valued workers, innovators, contributors to the marketplace, and continue serving as mothers and caregivers in their families.

At Zonta, we support victims of violence; we also work to change laws and systems to prevent violence against women and to assist their route to emotional and economic independence.  IWPR gives us the data to show hard-working women’s economic realities and the pathway to better lives for women, men, families, and countries.

Benchmarking gender wage gap 

Pay secrecy and wage discrimination

Pay transparency

Paid sick days

Union wage advantage


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The views expressed in this blog post are mine and may not reflect the stance of the Zonta Club of Pinellas County or Zonta International. — Doris Reeves-Lipscomb