Elyse Shaw, M.A.

Position: Study Director

Elyse Shaw is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Elyse directs IWPR’s Status of Women in the States project, which provides data, research, and policy recommendations on women’s lives on a wide range of topics – including economic security, education, reproductive rights, political participation, violence and safety, heath, and racial equity – that change agents at the local, state, and national level can use to improve all women’s lives. Elyse also manages IWPR’s research on increasing gender and racial equity in patenting, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She works extensively on women’s advancement in management and leadership positions, workforce development and job training initiatives, and contributes to IWPR’s research on global women’s issues.

Elyse has presented IWPR research at numerous conferences, as well as on webinars and panels, and to visiting international thought leaders. She has provided commentary on a broad range of research topics and has been quoted in several local and national outlets including The Washington Post and Public Radio International. She has authored or co-authored a wide range of publications, including reports, policy briefs, blogs, and opinion pieces.

Prior to joining IWPR in August of 2012, Elyse received her Masters of International Relations from American University’s School of International Service and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

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