The Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy (CWGPP) draws on the strengths of Humphrey scholars and faculty affiliates across the University of Minnesota that bring a gender lens to their research on important policy questions. Examples of Humphrey faculty research on gender include:
- gendered dynamics of transportation (Professor Yingling Fan)
- work-life balance in non-profit settings (Assistant Professor Carrie Oelberger)
- gender and labor economics in Egypt (Professor Ragui Assaad)
- violence against women in Colombia (Associate Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez)
Center Faculty Director Christina Ewig focuses her research on gender, race, and political and social inequalities in Latin America, while Community Engagement Director Debra Fitzpatrick focuses on gender and social and economic equity issues in Minnesota and nationally. The Center has a strong track record of producing research and translating that research into the policy realm. Below is a sampling of recent projects led by Debra Fitzpatrick, in partnership with local and national organizations.
Status of Women and Girls
To illuminate remaining inequities in the status of women and girls, the CWGPP regularly teams with the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota to examine key economic and social indicators. Read about research done to improve the status of women and girls.
Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota
The CWGPP provides ongoing research support to this collaborative project of the Minnesota Governor’s Office and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, including a recent piece focused on the role of young women in addressing the state’s labor shortage.
Paid Family Leave
In 2016, CWGPP led the research team that wrote the most comprehensive report of its kind detailing design and implementation options for a paid family and medical leave insurance program in Minnesota; the foundation of legislation introduced and eventually passed by the Minnesota Senate. CWGPP is currently conducting research focused on the unique paid family and medical leave needs within rural communities.
Paid Sick Leave
With support from the Minneapolis Foundation, CWGPP is collaborating with the College of Education and Human Develoment's Family Social Science department to understand the design and implementation impacts of the Minneapolis sick leave ordinance on African American employed caregivers and their families.
To advance pay equality, the CWGPP works in collaboration with Minnesota’s Pay Equity Coalition, Gender Justice, and the national Equal Pay Today coalition to examine and recommend policy to improve public and private sector equal pay laws, building on Minnesota’s leadership in this policy arena and to design incentives for private sector action.
The CWGPP has taken a leading role in decreasing workforce segregation that disproportionately impacts women of color by conducting research on the economic consequences of workforce segregation and facilitating a multi-sector working group on supply and demand issues within higher-paying nontraditional occupations.
Presence and Influence of Women Policymakers in Federal STEM Agencies
In collaboration with the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy area, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Women in Science and Technology Policy Project explores the presence and influence of women policymakers in federal science and technology agencies mechanisms leading to pay inequality as a marker of discrimination within seven federal agencies.