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On Mother's Day, Experts Recommend Policies That Support Women and Mothers


Washington, DC--Mother's Day may have you wondering if you remembered to send flowers. A better gift for mothers may be ensuring all women in the United States are supported by policies that address their needs while in the workforce and as older Americans. Two events in Washington, DC, this week will draw attention to women's evolving challenges and recommend valuable policies to support women and families.

On Thursday, the Older Women's League (OWL) releases a new report, Women and the Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Women as They Age, looking at how factors such as unemployment and underemployment; pay inequality; care giving; age and gender discrimination; and education, training and technology are impacting women age 40 and older. The report was produced with the assistance of IWPR and other experts and women's advocacy groups. The Mother's Day Briefing will take place between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum. Directions are available here.

At a congressional briefing on Friday, IWPR, the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the National Coalition for the Preservation of Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) will be joined by Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) in presenting a new report, Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling, that includes recommendations to modernize benefits provided through Social Security. Women disproportionately rely on Social Security as a source of income, according to IWPR research. Recommendations proposed in the report include improving survivor benefits, providing Social Security credits for caregivers, and providing equal benefits for same-sex married couples and partners.

Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling is authored by Dr. Carroll Estes, NPCSSM Foundation Board Chair and founding Director of the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco; Terry O'Neill, President of NOW; and Dr. Heidi Hartman, President of IWPR. The congressional briefing will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 in Room 2237 at the Rayburn House Office building.

IWPR has experts available to comment on challenges women and working mothers may face in the workforce and as older women, and can recommend policies that will assist in supporting women and families.

Older women in the labor market, Social Security, retirement and economic security, poverty, work and family, earnings and jobs

Dr. Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President of IWPR is an economist, MacArthur fellow, and co-author of Still A Man's Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap and Equal Pay for Working Families. She lectures widely on women, economics, and public policy; frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress (most recently for the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in the Senate on the economic status of older women following the recession); and has commented in prominent print and broadcast news outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, PBS NewsHour (see video here) and The Rachel Maddow Show (see video here).

Women's education and training, work-life balance, job quality

Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Vice President and Executive Director of IWPR is the co-author of "The Costs and Benefits of Policies to Advance Work Life Integration." She has testified in Congress, has spoken on women's issues in venues throughout the country, and has appeared in a range of media outlets, most recently appearing on CNN's The Situation Room (see video here).

Women in the labor market, Social Security, poverty

Jeff Hayes, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, is an expert on women's economic security over their life course and can provide concise analysis of national data on labor and the economy. Hayes recently appeared on PBS' Nightly Business Report (see video here).

Women in the labor market, the gender wage gap, work-life balance, international comparisons

Ariane Hegewisch, Study Director, is responsible for IWPR's research on workplace discrimination and is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a focus on policies and legislative approaches to facilitate greater work life reconciliation and gender equality, in the U.S. and internationally. Hegewisch has been quoted in national publications and interviewed live for a number of radio stations including KOMO News Radio Seattle, Pacifica Radio, and Sirius XM Radio.

About the Institute for Women's Policy Research
IWPR conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women and their families, promote public dialogue, and strengthen communities and societies. IWPR is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that also works in affiliation with the women's studies and public policy p

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