Director of Communications

Jennifer Clark is the Director of Communications for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), overseeing the Institute’s media relations, website development, publications production, and online communications efforts on a range of issues including women’s roles in the workforce, student parents in college, Social Security, paid sick days and paid family leave, and the status of women in the United States. In 2015, she spearheaded the public relations and external outreach strategy behind the 2015 relaunch of the Institute’s signature Status of Women in the States project, which garnered national coverage in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, among others and inspired special features in Glamour Magazine and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She regularly provides strategic communications advice and media relations support to IWPR’s local partners and has presented on community outreach strategies at conferences, webinars, and events hosted by Women’s Funding Network, Women in Government, and Women’s Legislators’ Lobby/Women’s Actions for New Directions (WILL/WAND).

In between roles at IWPR, she served as the Income Security Outreach Manager at the National Academy of Social Insurance, managing a Social Security public education project, which coordinated a network of 30 organizations working to educate vulnerable populations on the importance of Social Security. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in American History and International Relations.

Publications

The Economic Status of Women in the States

The Economic Status of Women in the States   This Fact Sheet presents findings from analysis of the Employment & Earnings Index and Poverty & Opportunity Index of The Status of Women in the States series, a comprehensive project that presents and analyzes data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state…

Decline in Retail Jobs Felt Entirely by Women

Men gained retail jobs over the last year, despite overall job loss in the industry   The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) analysis of the December employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) establishment survey finds that, over the last year (November 2016 - November 2017), women gained fewer jobs than…

Five Ways to Win an Argument about the Gender Wage Gap (Updated 2019)

(Updated September 11, 2019) The 82 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…

How Equal Pay for Working Women would Reduce Poverty and Grow the American Economy

Persistent earnings inequality for working women translates into lower pay, less family income, and more poverty in families with a working woman, which is of no small consequence to working families. About 71 percent of all mothers in the United States work for pay. Of these, about two-thirds (68 percent) are married and typically have…