Program Director, Employment and Earnings

Areas of Expertise: Access to Good Jobs, Family & Medical Leave, Flexible Work & Fair-Scheduling, International Women's Status and Rights, Job Training Success, Pay Equity & Discrimination, Women in Unions, Workforce Development & Job Training

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director of Employment and Earnings at IWPR and Scholar in Residence at American University; prior to that she spent two years at IWPR as a scholar-in-residence. She came to IWPR from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. She is responsible for IWPR’s research on workplace discrimination and is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a focus on policies and legislative approaches to facilitate greater work life reconciliation and gender equality, in the US and internationally. Prior to coming to the USA she taught comparative European human resource management at Cranfield School of Management in the UK where she was a founding researcher of the Cranet Survey of International HRM, the largest independent survey of human resource management policies and practices, covering 25 countries worldwide. She started her career  in local economic development, developing strategies for greater gender equality in employment and training in  local government in the UK. She has published many papers and articles and co-edited several books, including ‘Women, work and inequality: The challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market”. She is German and has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies from the IDS, Sussex.

Publications

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2017 and by Race and Ethnicity

The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation 2017 and by Race and Ethnicity Women’s median earnings are lower than men’s in nearly all occupations, whether they work in occupations predominantly done by women, occupations predominantly done by men, or occupations with a more even mix of men and women. Data for both women’s and men’s median…

Women in Construction: Safe, Healthy, and Equitable Work Sites

The construction industry offers rewarding careers to women. Jobs in construction are projected to grow at all levels and apprenticeships offer well-established pathways to skilled, well-rewarded jobs in the trades. Healthy and safe worksites are a prerequisite if the industry wants to attract and retain women. Yet, too often women face hostile work environments or…

The Gender Wage Gap: 2017 Earnings Differences by Race and Ethnicity

The gender wage gap in weekly earnings for full-time workers in the United States did not improve between 2016 and 2017. In 2017, the ratio of women’s to men’s median weekly full-time earnings was 81.8 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points since 2016, when the ratio was 81.9 percent, leaving a wage gap of…

The Gender Wage Gap: 2016; Earnings Differences by Gender, Race, and Ethnicity

The ratio of women’s and men’s median annual earnings was 80.5 percent for full-time, year-round workers in 2016, an improvement of 0.9 percentage points since 2015.[i] This means a gender wage gap for full-time, year-round workers of 19.5 percent. Women’s median full-time, year-round earnings in 2016 were $41,554 compared with $51,640 for men; women’s 2016…

Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap (Updated 2017)

The 80.5 percent wage ratio figure, the most commonly used figure to measure the gender wage gap in the United States, is often derided as misleading, a myth, or worst of all, a lie. In this post, we argue that the figure is an accurate measure of the inequality in earnings between women and men…

Mothers Earn Just 71 Percent of What Fathers Earn

Mothers Earn Just 71 Percent of What Fathers Earn Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of data from the American Community Survey finds that in 2015, mothers’ median annual earnings for full-time, year-round work ($40,000) were just 71.4 percent of fathers’ earnings ($56,000). Mothers have substantially lower earnings than fathers whether they are married/cohabitating…