Truth & Equity for Women

**MEDIA ADVISORY**
Forum: From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women

Senator Maggie Hassan & EEOC Commissioner Charlotte Burrows to keynote June 7th D.C. policy research forum

Washington, DC—Three of the leading gender-focused and policy research centers in the United States will bring together an outstanding and diverse group of guests and speakers from the spheres of policymaking, research, business, labor, philanthropy, and advocacy on June 7th for the policy research forum in Washington, D.C., “From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women,” featuring Maggie Hassan, U.S. Senator representing New Hampshire, and Charlotte Burrows, Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as keynote speakers.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) in Washington, D.C., the Women’s Research and Resource Center (WRRC) at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA, have assembled dynamic panels that will consider gender while focusing on the intersectionality of race, religion, and immigration in civic engagement; child care and leave polices; women’s health, wellbeing, violence, and safety; and the status of black women.

“Every person has their gender, race, ethnicity, and a host of other social identities that combine to inform their experience in the world, while all systems of oppression and privilege are also interlocking,” said Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., Chair of WRRC/Comparative Women’s Studies, Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies, Spelman College. “Being constantly aware of and attendant to the ways each of these work together to define the experience of individuals and groups is an essential intersectional perspective.”

Participants and attendees will leave this day-long program with a better understanding of the complex issues underlying the social and political climate, empowered with research and resources to strengthen their fight for equity and influence.
“Leadership for social action is powered up by evidence that comes from high-quality research and theoretical innovation,” said Layli Maparyan, Ph.D., WCW Executive Director. “Finding the right partners and working together to make sure key decision makers and practitioners have access to good research about women and girls helps us to amplify our impact.”

The Status of Black Women in the United States, the most comprehensive report on Black women in every state, produced by IWPR in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, will be discussed during a special afternoon panel.
”Data has the power to provide solid evidence about how women are faring and what policies could lead to meaningful progress in women’s lives,” said Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President of IWPR. “This conference allows us all to share important research, explore how different groups of women are impacted differently by public policies, and inspire action to address inequality.”

“From Persistence to Power: Facts, Truth & Equity for Women” will take place at Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, followed by an afternoon reception.  This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. Join the conversation on social media: #persisttopower.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences.
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