Brief: “Pay Equity Resource Kit,” an informative document on the policy implications of pay equity.


Report: “Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era’ Discrimination.”

Report: "Women, Work and the Academy: Strategies for Responding to ‘Post-Civil Rights Era' Discrimination." This report is based on the Virginia C. Gildersleeve Conference, organized so as to take stock of the extant research and interventions and to chart a course forward. The report highlights the effects of a diffuse set of barriers to women's participation.


Report: “Women and Paid Sick Days: Crucial for Family Well-Being” Vicky Lovell 2007


Report: “Women Hard Hit by the Worsening Economy Need Targeted Assistance” July 2008


IWPR Fact Sheet: “The Gender Wage Gap: 2007” (n.a.) 2008.


“Improving Pay Equity Would Mean Great Gains for Women,” by Heidi Hartmann, 2008.


“Unemployment Among Single Mother Families”, September, 2009.

The fact sheet shows both a high rate of unemployment among single mothers and substantial growth in their rate of unemployment since April, 2009. The fact sheet concludes suggesting that a number of changes in policy and practice are needed to improve women's earnings and the ability to combine work and family in the United States.


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Beverly Guy Sheftall, Ph.D., is the founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and the Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College.  She is also adjunct professor at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies where she teaches graduate courses. At the age of sixteen, she entered Spelman College where she majored in English and minored in secondary education.  After graduation with honors, she attended Wellesley College for a fifth year of study in English.  In 1968, she entered Atlanta to pursue a master's degree in English; her thesis was entitled, "Faulkner's Treatment of Women in His Major Novels."  A year later she began her first teaching job in the Department of English at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama.


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New Resources on Women’s Poverty and Health


WOMEN’S EQUALITY FORUM: Daddy, can a man be Prime Minister?

By Gwendolyn Beetham*

When I was in graduate school in London, one of my professors told a cute story about his daughter, born during the Thatcher era, who as a small child had asked him whether a man could be Prime Minister. The point that my professor was trying to make was that having more women in positions of power does make a difference in how women’s roles are perceived by society at large.

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