The below resources and tools are available for researchers, the media, and the public to explore data on a variety of issues related to women and their status. Use the tools to compare indicators over time or analyze recent trends.

Job Training Success Project: Program Scan

Many job training programs across the country are striving to provide the supportive services, such as child care and transportation assistance, that can help individuals to enroll in and complete training that leads to better jobs. See the results of a national scan compiled by IWPR of some workforce development programs that are helping job training participants access supportive services.

If you are a program representative and would like to have your program added to this scan, please contact Julie Anderson at

Examining the Impact of Consent Decree Remedies on Sex and Race Discrimination in the Workplace

IWPR, in collaboration with The WAGE Project, Inc., examined consent decree remedies for sex and race discrimination in the workplace. Consent decrees are court approved settlements of law suits where the defendant does not admit guilt but agrees to the implementation of a set of measures to remedy and prevent future occurrence of potentially unlawful practices. In employment discrimination cases, in addition to individual relief (such as monetary damages for the person(s) who brought the discrimination claim), consent decrees typically mandate employers to introduce policies that prevent future discrimination such as sexual harassment training, the introduction of new grievance procedures, supervisory training or revised performance management, and reward schemes.

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Status of Women in the States

IWPR’s  Status of Women reports are a unique source of comprehensive information on women.

Click here to view or download data from IWPR’s 2015 analysis.

Click here to view or download date from previous IWPR Status of Women in the States data, 1989-2006.

Pathways to Equity: Women and Good Jobs

Half of the gender wage gap is due to women working in different occupations and sectors than men. Improving women’s access to good middle-skill jobs can help close the wage gap and improve women’s economic security.

IWPR’s Pathways to Equity: Women and Good Jobs website includes a database tool that allows job-seekers and workforce development experts to explore potential  on-ramp jobs that share many occupational characteristics with similar, higher-paying “middle-skill” jobs. These target middle-skill jobs have median earnings of at least $35,000 per year are projected to have stable or growing employment.

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Basic Economic Security Tables (BEST) Index

Understanding the true costs of living and what resources are needed to prepare for the future is a challenge faced by researchers, advocates, policymakers, social service providers, and individuals and families themselves.

The Basic Economic Security Tables™ (BEST) Index offers a tool to increase this understanding. The BEST Index presents local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels.

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