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:

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. 

Working Paper Series

The CWGPP Working Paper Series is designed to circulate original research works in progress that address questions related to women, gender and public policy in order to provide fresh empirical research findings and elicit feedback and debate. Each working paper undergoes an internal review by a committee of faculty members before publication. The Working Paper Series includes the work of CWGPP faculty, fellows, students and staff as well as affiliated scholars from other institutions.

Toward Equal Representation: Motivating Factors for Women to Run for Office in the Minnesota Legislature
Christina Carberry and Casey Casella | December 2018 | CWGPP Working Paper No. 1

Center Research Projects

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 Development'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.

Equal Pay

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.

Workforce Segregation

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. This short documentary film, Our Rights: Raising the Stakes, features the Center's work to increase participation of women in construction in Minnesota.

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.

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