University of Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. They have a broad range of publications accessible from their website at no cost on a broad range of issues with a particular focus on California. They also conduct leadership training for labor leaders. Labor Center workshops and leadership development schools build the capacity of unions and community organizations to address a rapidly changing and challenging political and economic environment. Laborcenter.berkeley.edu
The Center for American Progress has a range of papers on labor, women, and families on its website under the tag “Labor and Work.” americanprogress.org
The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR works with policymakers, scholars, and public interest groups to design, execute, and disseminate research that illuminates economic and social policy issues affecting women and families and to build a network of individuals and organizations that conduct and use women-oriented policy research. iwpr.org
The Transgender Law Center (transgenderlawcenter.org) and the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (teeisf.org) have partnered to focus on the economic well being of transgender people. They offer a range of resources including publications that highlight the overt discrimination of transgender people in public accommodations, the workplace, health care, and immigration.
The Pew Research Center is “a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.” They have a range of data on how U.S. trends and policies affect women. pewresearch.org
The Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers promotes greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life, and is recognized as a leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation.
The Insight Center for Community Economic Development is a national research, consulting, and legal organization dedicated to building economic health in vulnerable communities. In particular, see report “Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future” (Spring 2010) for data on wealth disaggregated by race and gender. insightcced.org
American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. aauw.org
HELP WITH RESEARCH
Organizations might also reach out to graduate programs in gender, sexuality, labor, and related studies if you have a particular research need to be filled. Graduate students are often in need of employment and are skilled in research techniques. Below is a sampling of graduate programs. You might also consider reaching out to a college or university in your state or community, which might have more local or state-specific data available or would be willing to do local or state-specific research.
American University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN)
CUNY School of Professional Studies Master’s Program in Labor Studies
The M.S. Program in Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts
RESOURCES ON MEDIA PORTRAYALS OF WOMEN
Ms. Magazine’s “No Comment” Archive: Ms. Magazine’s long-running documentation of sexist print advertising. Find more information at: msmagazine.com/nocommentarchive.asp
The Representation Project: The Representation Project uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation. The organization seeks to inspire individuals and communities to overcome stereotypes that limit, so that everyone regardless of race, class, gender, age, ability, and sexual orientation can fulfill their human potential. Begun by Jennifer Seibel Newsom, whose film, Miss Representation premiered at Sundance in 2011, The Representation Project emerged out of an overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of the film’s message. The film exposed the ways in which mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In 2015, Newsom’s film The Mask You Live In, which also premiered at Sundance explores how America’s narrow definitions of masculinity harm men, boys, and society at large. Find more information at therepresentationproject.org
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