The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a research organization established in 1987 by Dr. Heidi Hartmann – its current President – to develop reliable statistical information about the effects of significant public policies and fast-moving economic and social trends on women. IWPR fulfills this mission by using quantitative social science techniques to shed light on the gender dimension of key policy issues. IWPR has held periodic conferences since 1990 to provide a forum for research on issues affecting women and to discuss the impact of public policies on the life chances of women. In line with Russell Sage’s longstanding interest in research on the social and economic effects of changing gender roles, the Foundation previously provided partial support for the running costs of IWPR conferences in 1998, 2001, 2003, and 2005.
On May 22, 2013, IWPR will celebrate its first twenty-five years of making research count for women with a symposium on the current and future status of women in the United States and abroad. The event will consist of keynote speeches and two panels: 1) Achieving Economic Equality for Women; and 2) Achieving Political Equality for Women. In addition to the symposium, IWPR will also release a literature review of its most significant publications from the last quarter century; the Institute has published more than six hundred reports and briefing papers on how public policies affect working women and their families on issues ranging from equal pay, women in leadership, access to higher education and job training, nontraditional occupations for women, retirement security, and the status of women in the states. This special anniversary report will consist of seven chapters, one for each of IWPR’s major program areas – Employment and Economic Change; Education and Training; Work and Family; Health & Safety; Poverty and Income Security; Democracy and Society – plus the Status of Women in the States initiative, and will assess the impact IWPR’s research has had.