Economic, Security, Mobility and Equity (ESME)
Whether paid or unpaid, women’s work is crucial for their families’ economic security and well-being. Greater gender equality in paid and unpaid work will reduce poverty and improve economic growth and prosperity; persistent inequity in employment and family work is costing all of us. Women are held back by the undervaluation of historically female work, workplaces designed as if workers had no family responsibilities, and a broken-down work-family infrastructure.
IWPR’s ESME program highlights the extent of pay inequalities, and the role played by stark occupational segregation in perpetuating unequal pay. We conduct research and analysis on women’s labor force participation and employment trends; workforce development, non-traditional employment, and apprenticeships; the impact of sex discrimination and harassment on women’s career advancement and mobility; the gender pay gap and pay inequity across race and ethnicity; work-family policies and employer practices; the and the impact of automation and technological advances on women workers.
We work with policymakers, employers, advocates, and practitioners to identify promising practices and policy solutions.
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. It provides a blueprint for a gender-equitable recovery that is not only about meeting the immediate economic needs of women and families, but lays out a long-term strategy for creating stronger systems and institutions that reflect the experiences and contributions of women.
The loss of jobs in sectors dominated by women will have a devastating impact of families, especially those headed by single mothers or where women are the primary or co-breadwinner. One in two of more than 30 million families in the U.S. with children under the age of 18 have a breadwinner mother, who contributes at least 40 percent of the earnings to the household.
The gender wage gap in weekly earnings for full-time workers in the United States narrowed marginally between 2018 and 2019. In 2019, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 81.5 percent, leaving a wage gap of 18.5 percent.
Paid adult care work jobs are expected to increase substantially in the coming years, due to both an aging population and a comparatively low risk of automation for many of these jobs. These jobs, however, are among the lowest quality occupations in the U.S. labor market, with paid adult care workers facing low earnings, limited access to benefits, high rates of injury on the job, and scheduling unpredictability.
Equal Pay Day 2022: Digging Deeper into This Year’s Gender Wage Gap
Equal Pay Day, March 15th, is a day of observance of the persistent gender wage gap in the United States. It marks how far into the new year that women must work to earn what men made in the previous year. Women working full-time earn [...]
Equal Pay Day 2022: Despite wage gains in recent months, women still earn just 83 percent of what men make across most sectors and occupations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 15, 2022 Contact: William Lutz | email@example.com | (202) 684-7534 Equal Pay Day 2022: Despite wage gains in recent months, women still earn just 83 percent of what men make across most sectors and occupations Washington, D.C. — Women still earn [...]
New IWPR Survey Shows Wide Gaps Between What Women Want from Employers and What Employers Offer in Terms of Wages, Leave, Workplace Flexibility
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2022 Contact: William Lutz | firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 684-7534 New IWPR Survey Shows Wide Gaps Between What Women Want from Employers and What Employers Offer in Terms of Wages, Leave, Workplace Flexibility Washington, D.C. — Two years into the pandemic, [...]
The Pandemic Effect: Women Want Good Pay, Health Coverage, and Better Benefits as They Re-Enter Workforce
A new national survey by IWPR finds solid pay, health insurance, job security, retirement benefits, and paid leave top the list of considerations for women as they re-enter the workforce.
March 4-5 Care Infrastructure Conference Pulls Together Experts to Explore Challenges and Solutions Facing Care Industry
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 4, 2022 Contact: William Lutz | email@example.com | (202) 684-7534 Event Hosted by Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American University, Carework Network Washington, D.C. — Two years into the pandemic, and as the nation debates how to address the care crisis, [...]
President Biden’s State of the Union Offers Hope for Women’s Equity in the Workplace, Working Families
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2022 Contact: William Lutz | firstname.lastname@example.org | (202) 684-7534 President Biden’s State of the Union Offers Hope for Women’s Equity in the Workplace, Working Families President Calls for Passage of Paycheck Fairness Act and National Family and Medical Leave Legislation [...]