Study Director

Areas of Expertise: Access to Good Jobs, Automation & Future of Work, Health & Well-Being, Hurricane Katrina & the Gulf Coast, Pay Equity & Discrimination, Poverty and the Social Safety Net, Racial & Ethnic Inequality, The Status of Women and Girls, Unemployment & the Economy, Violence & Safety

Chandra Childers is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. An expert on social stratification and social and economic inequality by race and sex, Chandra examines issues related to women and girls of color and job quality.

In addition to being cited in the press, including The Nation and The Atlantic, Chandra has given presentations on the findings of IWPR research reports at various policy conferences.

Before joining IWPR Chandra taught multiple undergraduate courses in Sociology at Texas Tech University and the University of Washington. Courses taught include Social Problems, Poverty & Inequality, and Research Practicum. Chandra completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation examined trends in racial occupational segregation by sex.

Publications

Assets for Equity: Building Wealth for Women in Central Ohio

Executive Summary Building wealth is integral to women’s economic security, good health, and overall well-being. Wealth—the value of assets minus debts—enables women to weather unexpected economic hardships and provides them with resources that allow them to have proactive control over their lives, giving them the chance to pursue educational degrees, business ventures, or other opportunities…

Women, Automation, and the Future of Work

Read the full report Read the executive summary   INTRODUCTION Why the Analysis of Technological Change Needs a Gender Perspective Automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological changes are already affecting the number and quality of jobs. The number of workers employed in brick and mortar retail stores has fallen while the number employed in fulfillment…

Women's Access to Quality Jobs in Mississippi - Condensed

Women have a chance at economic security only when they have access to high-quality jobs with fair wages. Financial security and sustainability for women is the mission of the Women's Foundation of Mississippi, and we are happy to commission and share this report. Women's access to quality jobs in Mississippi is an area that clearly…

Women's Access to Quality Jobs in Mississippi - Full Report

Women have a chance at economic security only when they have access to high-quality jobs with fair wages. Financial security and sustainability for women is the mission of the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, and we are happy to commission and share this report. Women’s access to quality jobs in Mississippi is an area that clearly…

Black and Hispanic Women Lag in Recovering from the Recession

Unemployment among Young Women Before and After the Recession by Age, Race, and Ethnicity   The year 2017 marks a decade since the start of the Great Recession, which ran from December 2007 to June 2009.[i] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, persons are counted as unemployed only if they do not have a…

Executive Summary: The Status of Black Women in the United States

In collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, IWPR has released a comprehensive report in the longstanding report series, The Status of Women in the States. This is the executive summary of the report. It aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement. Using available data, the…

The Status of Black Women in the United States

In collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, IWPR has released a comprehensive report in the longstanding report series, The Status of Women in the States. The report aims to amplify the historical and current contributions of Black domestic workers to the broader domestic worker movement. Using available data, the report describes the experiences of…

High School Girls and Violence 2015: A Chartbook

This chartbook focuses on an area often ignored in discussions about the well-being of girls generally, and girls of color in particular—the alarming proportion of high school girls experiencing physical and sexual violence at the hands of schoolmates, friends, family members, and dating partners. This violence has long-term effects on girls’ lives, including degraded physical…

The Status of Women in the South

The Status of Women in the South builds on IWPR’s long-standing analyses and reports, The Status of Women in the States, that have provided data on the status of women nationally and for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia since 1996. The Status of Women in the South uses data from U.S. government…