Heidi Hartmann is President Emerita and Senior Research Economist for the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), which she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. She contributes to IWPR’s influential work on paid family leave through its Policies for Action joint research hub with the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Hartmann holds a BA from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and PhD degrees from Yale University, all in economics. She is also Distinguished Economist-In-Residence for Gender and Economic Analysis at American University, and a Fellow of the Urban Institute.
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 coauthor 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 serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, Editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and a former 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. She has received many awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship Award in 1994; a Women of Vision Award from the National Organization for Women in 2012; and the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association in 2017.