MacArthur Fellows Program

Heidi I. Hartmann

Economist | Class of 1994

Washington, District of Columbia
49 at time of award
Area of Focus
Published July 1, 1994

About Heidi's Work

Heidi Hartmann, an economist, is an expert on women’s economic and employment issues in the United States.

Hartmann's work is unusual in the field of public policy regarding gender issues, where much emphasis has been on social rather than on economic and employment issues.  Over the last ten years, she has released a number of pathbreaking reports on low-wage women, welfare policy, women and self-employment, family and medical leave, pay equity, and women’s union status.  These reports have provided much of the hard data behind many recent efforts to advance congressional legislation for women.



Hartmann is co-founder and director of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, D.C., and the Research Professor in Women’s Studies at the George Washington University.  She is also on the board of the National Council for Research on Women.  She was a senior research economist (1976-78) with the United States Commission on Civil Rights and a staff member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences (1978-87), where she also served as associate executive director of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

Hartmann received a B.A. (1967) from Swarthmore College, and an M.Phil. (1972) and a Ph.D. (1974) from Yale University.

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