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Bridging the Gap

About Bridging the Gap

In 2007, the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) produced a report for the Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) entitled The Economic Status of Women in Indiana: Highlights. This study was a result of interest generated by the briefing paper The Best and Worst State Economies for Women published by the IWPR in December 2006. After receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau, the ICW partnered with Saint Mary's College and the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) to deliver a program based on the findings from the report.

Purpose of Bridging the Gap

To release data and generate positive interest based on the study of The Economic Status of Women in Indiana.  The report provides data on earnings, social and economic autonomy within the context of national and regional rankings.  The secondary purpose is to affirm that "higher skills = higher pay" and to explore some of the dynamic things that are happening to raise women's education and skill levels.  Although women have made tremendous gains politically, socially and in the workforce, Indiana women continue to lag far behind their male counterparts.  Women in Indiana earn 72 cents for every dollar a man earns.


Final Report for Bridging the Gap: Reaching Pay Equity in Indiana
Bridging the Gap Flyer
Article from South Bend Tribune

Reports on the Economic Status of Women

The Best and Worst State Economies for Women, December 2006
The Economic Status of Women in Indiana: Highlights, 2007

IWPR Fact Sheet The Gender Wage Gap: 2009, Updated March 2010
The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation, April 2010
The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, October 2009
Indystar.com Now will highlight equal-pay issue at meeting in Indy this weekend, June 2009
The Paycheck Fairness Act would help close the Wage Gap for Indiana Women, April 2009
From Work to Retirement: Tracking Changes in Women's Poverty Status, February 2008

The Straight Facts on Women in Poverty, October 2008
Young Men are Still Economically Better off than Young Women, September 2008