Consortium Sponsors Talk on
"Women's Issues in the Current
Posted January 13, 2003
HOLLAND -- The West Michigan Women's Studies
Council will sponsor the address "Wages, Work, and Family:
Women's Issues in the Current Economy" by Dr. Heidi
Hartmann, who is president and director of the Institute for
Women's Policy Research, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
at the Wealthy Street Theatre in Grand Rapids.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The council is comprised of representatives from
several area colleges and universities, including Hope
College, and the address will be presented through the
council's Nokomis Lecture Series. The Wealthy Street
Theatre is located at 1130 Wealthy St., SE.
Hartmann, who holds a doctorate in economics from
Yale University, founded the Institute for Women's Policy
Research in 1987 to inform and stimulate debate on issues of
critical importance to women. She received a MacArthur
fellowship award in 1994 in recognition of her pioneering
work in the field of women and economics.
The institute focuses on issues of poverty and
welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues,
the economic and social aspects of health care and domestic
violence, and women's civic and political participation.
Hartmann has co-authored several reports while
with the institute, including "The Impact of Social Security
Reform on Women"; "Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans
of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave"; "Women's Access to
Health Insurance"; and "Combining Work and Welfare: An
Antipoverty Strategy." She has also authored or co-authored
numerous journal articles on issues such as welfare reform,
pay equity and women's wages.
She has delivered Congressional testimony on a
variety of issues, including comparable worth, family and
medical leave, child care, welfare reform and health care.
She lectures widely on public policy, feminist theory and
the political economy of gender.
Hartmann is currently the chair of the National
Council of Women's Organizations' Task Force on Women and
Social Security. She has participated in numerous panels,
forums, debates and media interviews addressing the issue of
Social Security reform and the impact various plans will
have on women.
She also serves on the Board of the Coalition on
Human Needs and the Steering Committee of the National
Committee on Pay Equity. She is also the co-chair of the
Economists' Policy Group on Women's Issues.
Before founding the institute, Hartmann taught at
Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research,
and worked at the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights. She is currently a research
professor of women's studies at George Washington
The West Michigan Women's Studies Council is a
consortium of faculty members and administrators
representing women's studies programs and women's centers at
Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Grand
Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and
Hope. Hope is represented by Dr. Jane Dickie, who is a
professor of psychology and director of women's studies at
The council was formed in late 2001 to increase
awareness of gender issues and to share ideas and work
together on community projects that enhance the lives of
women in West Michigan. Hartmann's address is supported by
a grant to the council from the Nokomis Foundation.