Barbara Gault

Barbara Gault, Ph.D., is the Executive Director and Vice President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank in Washington D.C. Her work covers a range of issues of importance to women and girls, including poverty, access to education and training, health, work-life balance, political engagement, and the need for expanded preschool and child care options for working parents. Her publications include, Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEM: Policy, Action, and Collaboration, College Affordability for Low-Income Adults: Improving Returns on Investment for Families and Society, Improving Child Care Access to Promote Postsecondary Success Among Low-Income Parents, and Resilient and Reaching for More: Challenges and Benefits of Higher Education for Welfare Participants and Their Children. She has testified in Congress on educational access and workplace flexibility, and has spoken on women’s issues in venues throughout the country including at events sponsored by the White House, U.S. Department of Education, and academic conferences. She has appeared and been quoted in numerous print, radio and television outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, NPR, and Nature. Prior to joining IWPR, Dr. Gault conducted research at the Office of Children’s Health Policy Research, and served as a staff and board member of organizations promoting human rights in Latin America. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition on Human Needs, and is a Research Professor of Women’s Studies at the George Washington University.