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Albany, NY – With the Shriver Report's release in 2009 and the recession, the importance of women in the American workplace has been documented, discussed and acknowledged. Yet the Institute for Women's Policy Research concludes the US policy is an obstacle, not a help, for modern families.
Heidi Hartmann is the President of the Washington-based scientific research organization that she founded in 1987. She was a graduate student when the women's movement exploded...and that led her to do economic research on women.

9:28 Hartmann

Dr. Heidi Hartmann is the founder and president of the Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington DC and co-author of several books including Still A Man's Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap. You can find out more at iwpr.org.

In the village of Kamoria in northern Sierra Leone women sell tree trunks, known as sticks, to keep their families alive. They spend 18 hours a day cutting and carrying long tree trunks into town hoping to sell them for $1 a bundle. While reporting from Kamoria, reporter Rachael Borlase met 12-year old Agnes Kanu - perhaps the hardest working, and most inspiring, stick seller of them all.

2:59 PRX Agnes Kanu

Imagine applying for a position for which you have the intellect, ability, and passion, yet might need certain accommodations to be sure you communicate effectively. And think of the discouragement in being denied the opportunity to get those accommodations. For one scientist, that experience has led to a passion for helping students interested in her field.

This is part of our series called, "ACCESS TO ADVANCEMENT: An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics."

51%'s Allison Dunne introduces us to Dr. Angela Foreman.

This profile story is made possible by the National Science Foundation Research in Disabilities Education Program.

5:48 Angela Foreman Dunne

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