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Heidi Hartmann

President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Heidi Hartmann is the President of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a scientific research organization that she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research.  She is an economist with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, all in economics.  Dr. Hartmann is also a Research Professor at The George Washington University.

Dr. Hartmann 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. She has published numerous articles in journals and books and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.  She 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.  She also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and Editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and served as the Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Prior to founding IWPR, Dr. 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, Dr. Hartmann was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics. She is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Swarthmore College, an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Claremont Graduate University, the Wilbur Cross Medal for distinguished alumni of the graduate school of Yale University, and the 2012 Women of Vision Award from the National Organization for Women.

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