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Shengwei Sun is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Before joining IWPR, Shengwei was a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the prevalence and gendered consequences of pay secrecy practices in the contemporary workplace. Shengwei’s research generally seeks to understand how workplace policy and labor market contexts shape gender, race, and class inequalities. Her dissertation examines the intersecting inequalities in the expanding paid care work sector. One chapter, published in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, examines changing patterns of racial disparity in accessing well-paying jobs in the care work sector as the labor market becomes more precarious and unequal. Another line of her research investigates the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in the U.S. At IWPR, Shengwei will contribute to projects in the areas of Job Quality & Income Security. She seeks to develop research on how to promote inclusive and equitable growth of the care work sector, as well as how to improve labor market outcomes for young workers. Shengwei received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught undergraduate statistics at the Washington University.


The Equal Pay Act, passed over a half century ago, prohibits sex-based wage discrimination (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 2020). But the gender pay gap remains substantial: full-time, year-round women workers earn 18 percent less than their male counterparts (Hegewisch and Mariano 2020). A lack of knowledge about who makes what within organizations contributes to this continuing disparity.

By |2021-02-11T22:58:45+00:00February 9, 2021|Briefing Paper, Employment and Earnings|0 Comments

Beyond “Leaning In”: New Study on Pay Secrecy Points to the Limits of Existing Anti-Secrecy Laws in Addressing Gender Disparity 

In 1979, Lilly Ledbetter started working for Goodyear Tire and [...]

By |2021-02-05T14:08:06+00:00February 1, 2021|In the Lead|0 Comments

Build(ing) the Future: Bold Policies for a Gender-Equitable Recovery

This report, Build(ing) the Future: Bold Policies for a Gender-Equitable Recovery, provides a framework for shared prosperity and equitable economic recovery. It examines the impact of the economic crisis and recession on working women, their families, and communities.

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