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Co-Founder of Leading Think Tank on Women's Issues to Lecture at West Chester

The head of the leading think tank in the U.S. on domestic women's issues is giving a lecture at West Chester University on achieving gender equality in education and the workplace, Nov. 13 at 3 p.m. in Sykes Theatre in the Sykes Student Union Building on West Rosedale Ave.

The appearance by Heidi Hartmann, president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, D.C., at West Chester is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Women's Studies Consortium, the Women's and Gender Studies program and Women's Center at West Chester University.

The Washington-based Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) was founded in 1987 out of a need for comprehensive, women-focused, policy-oriented research. Since then, in collaboration with its many partners and supporters, the Institute continues to contribute groundbreaking research shining a light on misleading information and providing credible information on overlooked populations.

Some of IWPR's key program areas include employment, education and economic change, democracy and society, poverty, welfare and economic security, work and family, and health and safety.

An economist with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, all in economics, Hartmann is also a Research Professor at The George Washington University. She lectures internationally on women, economics, and public policy, frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress, and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets, such as CNN, ABC News, The New York Times, and the NewsHour.

Hartmann has written numerous articles in journals and books and is a co-author of several IWPR reports, including Women's and Men's Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession; Still A Man's Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap; Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave; Equal Pay for Working Families, and Strengthening Social Security for Women. The secretary/treasurer of the National Council of Women's Organizations and editor of the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy, she is the former chair of the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Prior to founding IWPR, Hartmann was on the faculties of Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research and worked at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences. In 1994, was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics. Last year. She was presented the Women of Vision Award by the National Organization for Women.