Institute for Women’s Policy Research

1200 18th St. NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC, 20036

Phone: (202) 785-5100 | Fax: (202) 833-4362
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Principal Staff:

Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President
Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director

Type of Organization: National Policy/Research/Education
Founded: 1987

Mission Statement:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies.
IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women’s civic and political participation. The Institute works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups around the country to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economics and social policy issues affecting women and families, and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. IWPR, an independent, non-profit, research organization also works in affiliation with the graduate programs in public policy and women’s studies at The George Washington University. IWPR’s work is supported by foundation grants, government grants and contracts, donations from individuals, and contributions from organizations. Members and affiliates of IWPR’s Information Network receive reports and information on a regular basis. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Subject Expertise:

Employment, education and economic change: employment and job quality, pay equity and discrimination, gender wage gap, education and training, student parents, STEM education, unemployment and jobs, the economy and the recession.

Democracy and society: the status of women and girls, women in unions, immigration, civic and political engagement.

Poverty, welfare, and income security: retirement and Social Security, poverty and welfare, Katrina and the Gulf Coast.

Work and family: early care and education, family leave and paid sick days, workplace flexibility.

Health and safety: breastfeeding, paid leave policies.


Annual Meetings/Conferences:

Periodical International Women's Policy Research Conference