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Dr. Heidi Hartmann

Dr. Hartmann graduated from Swarthmore in 1967 with a B.A. in Economics. In 1974 she earned a Ph.D. from Yale, also in Economics. Her dissertation was entitled "Capitalism and Women's Work in the Home, 1900-1930."

During the course of her career Dr. Hartmann has held a variety of interesting positions. From 1974-1976 she was a member of the Graduate Faculty for the New School for Social Research. Her teaching duties included labor economics, labor history, employment discrimination, political economy of the family, and research methods in women and family studies. Her articles, "The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism" and "Capitalism and Patriarchy: Job Segregation by Sex," have been translated in twelve languages.

From 1976-1978 Dr. Hartmann was a Senior Research Economist, Office of Research, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. She directed a research project on internal labor markets and discrimination against women and minorities, consulted on methodology for other projects in the commission, and commented on policy options regarding various civil rights issues, especially those relating to employment discrimination. During this time, Dr. Hartmann was also a lecturer in the Women's Studies Program of George washington University and co-taught a graduate course in feminist theory.

From 1978-1980 she was a Research Associate for the Committee on Occupational Classification and Analysis, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences, National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. During this time Dr. Hartmann investigated the nature and extent of employment discrimination and analyzed the feasibility of assessing the "comparable worth" of jobs. The report of her research, "Women, Work and Wages: Equal Pay for Jobs of Equal Value," is considered a basic text on the subject and has already sold 10,000 copies. In 1979 Dr. Hartmann was also a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland where she taught a course on women in the economy.

From 1980-1983 Dr. Hartmann was Associate Executive Jirector of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for the National Academy of Sciences. She shared responsibility for directing and managing the Commission's program ($4 million annually).

She became the Study Director at the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council for the Committee on Women's Employment and Related Social Issues from 1984-1986. As Director Dr. Hartmann was responsible for working closely with experts, securing funding, conducting research, organizing conferences, and all management and administrative issues related to the work of the committee. Major subject areas of research and writing were sex discrimination in the labor market, the impact of technological change on clerical work, and pay equity or comparable worth.

From 1986-1987, Dr. Hartmann was a National Science Foundation Census Fellow. While in residence at the U.S. Department of Census, she conducted research on black-white differences in poverty, and emploYment, especially for single parents. From January to August of 1988, Dr. Hartmann served as Director of the Women's Studies Program, and Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University. The program enrolls 1100 students each year in its courses.

Dr. Hartmann is currently the Director. of the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington, D.C. As the founder and director of the newly-established research institute specializing in research relevant to policy issues of importance to women, she is responsible for the research program, development and outreach. Major projects in the first year include research on the costs to women and families of not having parental leave, funded by the Ford Foundation, the salaries of childcare workers, the declining pay gap between women and men, and an update on the feminization of poverty. Dr. Hartmann has testified before the Senate and been cited in Congressional reports for her report on parental leave, "Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of Family and Medical Leave." The Institute has over 400 individual contributors and approximately 20 organizational contributors, including foundations and others.

Dr. Hartmann has been published extensively on women's emploYment issues including economic and feminist theories both in professional publications and the popular press. She has also given testimony on many occasions before the House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, the Joint Economic Committee, and other governmental agencies.

She also lectures and gives presentations extensively throughout the country, and acts as a consultant for the American Institute of Research as well as for private attorneys.

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