Gender Policy Report
For the week of May 28, 2017
The Women’s March that took place in January in the US and around the world casts attention on a variety of social issues and gender inequality. Christina Ewig from the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota discusses the role gender plays in our politics and public policy debates and the center’s new Gender Policy Report—an online, non-partisan analyses of state and federal policy proposals and how they might specifically impact women.
Guest: Christina Ewig, Faculty Director of the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy began in the mid-1980s and, Ewig says, was the first center of its kind to provide comprehensive research, teaching and public engagement in local, national and international issues facing women. The center’s new online Gender Policy Report asks university researchers to consider policy implications to gender equity and gender inequality.
In the current US congress, women represent 19 percent of the House and 21 percent of the Senate; worldwide, the US is in the middle compared to other nations in terms of the percentage of women in office. “It’s not a fantastic record,” Ewig says. “When you have more people with different perspectives coming to the table, you’re more likely to have creative solutions to the problems that face you and greater understanding of the multitude of ways that one particular policy may impact different groups differently.”
More information on the Gender Policy Report can be found at: genderpolicyreport.umn.edu