The big conversation in the media may be whether women can have it all. But first we need to ask whether women have enough. What do they get in today’s workplace? Less money, fewer benefits, and less security than men. The gender wage gap costs the average woman $431,000 over her career. What causes this gap and how can we begin to close it?
Women’s eNews and the Roosevelt Institute invite you to join Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute, Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women’s Law Center, Barbara Young of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and others discussing women and the wage gap with Women’s eNews editor Corinna Barnard.
The wage gap has many causes, but a significant factor is occupational segregation. Women dominate low-paid, part-time work that lacks benefits and security. Can we begin to close the gap by addressing the undervaluation of “women’s work”?
Help to unpack the economic and political issues underpinning a labor industry that penalizes women and find the steps you can take to bring equality to the workplace.
Corinna Barnard is a writer whose journalism background spans coverage of finance, arms control, medicine, technology and parenting issues. In her most recent full-time position she worked for Dow Jones, Inc., where for many years she served as news editor for an international newswire covering emerging markets and later as a copy editor for The Wall Street Journal. Earlier in her career, Corinna was a radio commentator for "In The Public Interest," a national public-affairs radio program.
Mike Konczal is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where he works on financial reform, structural unemployment, consumer access to financial services, and inequality. He blogs at Rortybomb, and his work has appeared at The Atlantic Monthly's Business Channel, The Nation, The American Prospect, GOOD, and Slate. He was formerly a financial engineer and mathematical analyst.
Fatima Goss Graves is Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women's Law Center, where she works to promote the rights of women and girls at school and in the workplace. Prior to joining the Center, she worked as an appellate and trial litigator at Mayer Brown LLP. She began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Barbara Young is National Organizer with National Domestic Workers Alliance. She has been a domestic worker for the past 17 years, and is well acquainted with both the exploitation domestic workers face—and the potential of domestic workers to organize for lasting change. She is an active member of Domestic Workers United (DWU), one of the NDWA’s founding affiliate organizations, and has provided consistent and inspiring leadership for the NDWA since its foundation.
Read Women’s eNews's series profiling workers in female-dominated jobs at http://womensenews.org/story/economyeconomic-policy-labor/120526/she-works-hard-the-money-spotlight-womens-working-lives