Humphrey School News—May 9, 2017

Humphrey School Launches Gender Policy Report: Online Analysis of Government Policies with a Gender Equity Lens

Minneapolis, MN—Many organizations have weighed in on the performance of President Donald Trump during his first 100 days in office, but only one is consistently examining the implications of his proposals across the full range of policy areas from the perspective of gender equity: The Gender Policy Report, an online collection of analyses by faculty experts, which officially launches this week.

Hosted by the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Report informs policymakers and the broader public of the implications of federal policy proposals on gender equality and equity. 

“At a time when the President, his Administration, and congressional leaders have not been attentive to gender equity concerns, the Gender Policy Report focuses on the implications for gender equality and equity in a broad range of policy areas,” said Professor Christina Ewig, faculty director of the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy. “That includes policies not typically considered ‘women’s issues,’ such as the environment, international trade, economic security, and education.”

The Gender Policy Report regularly publishes analyses from more than two dozen curators and many more contributors—faculty experts across the University of Minnesota who research and evaluate policy proposals from the federal government according to how they would impact women and girls.

The curators and contributors began their analyses on January 20, Inauguration Day, and they’ve now produced new pieces assessing Trump’s first 100 days in office. They examine many of the president’s high-profile proposals, such as a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan; his focus on saving coal mining and manufacturing jobs in America; and the health care plan that would replace the Affordable Care Act.

The goal of the nonpartisan Gender Policy Report is to inform policy debates and improve public discourse, Ewig said.

“Our mission is to take the best insights from scholarship and research and make them accessible to policymakers and the broader public, to provide a sound basis for addressing these serious policy challenges from a gender-based perspective,” she said.

New content is added weekly, providing an ongoing resource for policymakers, journalists, advocates and opinion leaders.

To mark the Gender Policy Report’s official launch, the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy is hosting a public event May 10 at the Humphrey School, featuring presentations by curators in three issue areas:

  • Economic security: Rose Brewer, professor, Afro-American and African Studies
  • Health: Susan Craddock, professor, Bioethics, Global Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Labor and family: Carrie Oelberger, assistant professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Register for the event here

Explore the Gender Policy Report and sign up for updates about new material here

The Gender Policy Report is supported financially by the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts, and Race, Indigeneity and Sexuality Initiative

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