A 30-year Track Record on Illuminating Gender in Policy Debates
Named a top think tank in the United States, IWPR has shifted conversation on issues such as the gender wage gap, employment and job discrimination, Social Security, welfare reform and access to public benefits, educational access, child care, and many others. Our work and experts are cited and appear regularly in more than a thousand news items each year, including in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, USA Today, The Atlantic, broadcast, cable, and satellite, and digital media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Vox, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, and others.
- Produces some of the most widely-cited research on the gender wage gap in the United States.
- Testifies regularly before Congress on issues related to women’s economic security, employment opportunities, and retirement income and informs critical state and local policies.
- Helps workers identify and address employment discrimination, leading to better jobs and higher pay.
- Gives voice to the unique experiences of women during major events, such as the pandemic and IWPR’s research on the “she-cession” and the economic impact of the COVID outbreak on women.
IWPR was founded in 1987 out of a need for an organization whose distinct purpose was to develop comprehensive, women-focused, policy-oriented research. By conducting rigorous analyses using federal data, the social scientists at IWPR shook the gendered and racialized assumptions underpinning public debate.
In its founding year, IWPR analyzed the costs to American workers of not having unpaid leave for childbirth, personal health needs, or family care giving in its inaugural publication, Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave. A a quarter century later, the Family and Medical Leave Act has became a cornerstone of U.S. employment law and human resource policy. Since, IWPR has produced widely-respected research in a variety of areas that speak to women’s experiences and challenges and has helped shape policy that has a real world impact on women’s lives.