WASHINGTON, June 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, June 30, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) President and Founder Dr. Heidi Hartmann will be honored with the Woman of Vision Award at the National Organization for Women (NOW) national conference, the country's largest annual gathering of grassroots women's right activists and allies.
The NOW Woman of Vision award highlights a woman who has made significant contributions toward improving the lives of women and girls in the United States. The award's honorees have a strong commitment to women's issues and have, over time, developed, communicated, and realized their vision by engaging with other leaders. Dr. Hartmann joins others who have received the prestigious award including Rep. Patsy Mink, renowned for her tireless work on the passage of Title IX; Loretta Ross, national coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective; and former NOW Presidents Patricia Ireland and Eleanor Smeal.
"I am deeply honored to be recognized by the National Organization for Women and to have the importance of economic issues for women be given visibility by this award," said Hartmann.
In 1987, Dr. Hartmann founded IWPR because she was among those who saw a need for an organization whose distinct purpose was to develop policy research that focused on women—making this IWPR's 25th anniversary year. IWPR released Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave in 1990, and in 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law, giving employees access to unpaid, job-protected leave for specific family and medical reasons including the birth or adoption of a child.
Dr. Hartmann is also a Research Professor at The George Washington University and has published numerous reports, books, and articles. Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lectures widely on women, economics, and public policy, frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress, and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets—most recently appearing on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss the wage gap. Her areas of expertise include women and the economy, the pay gap, poverty, work and family, Social Security and retirement security.
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 received a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics.
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 programs at The George Washington University.
SOURCE Institute for Women's Policy Research