Head of Mississippi commission will be adviser to national women's research institute


Gloria Williamson, Chairwoman of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee for the Institute of Women's Policy Research, a news release from the Commission says.

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Williamson will work with the institute’s “Status of Women in the States” reports, which analyze data on a wide range of indicators at the state and national level to raise awareness about women’s issues among policymakers and the public; making the case for millions of dollars in additional state and local funding; strengthening or creating organizations, councils, or task forces on women; and helping states and localities invest in women.

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, based in Washington, D.C., conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promotes public dialog, and strengthens families, communities and societies. It is the leading think tank in the United States focusing primarily on domestic women’s issues. Founded in 1987, IWPR’s reports and other informational resources have informed policies and programs across the country and internationally in each of its key program areas.

Williamson, of Philadelphia, Miss., also served in the state Senate from 2000 to 2008.