When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Why We Need a Women's Economic Agenda

Topic Areas: Special Events

Date: 
September 23, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Rackham Graduate School, 4th Floor Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI

When Women Succeed, America Succeeds:
Why We Need a Women's Economic Agenda

Featuring Nancy Duff Campbell, Co-President, National Women's Law Center and 2014 Visiting Social Activist, Center for the Education of Women

Please join us on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 4:00-5:30pm for this presentation, followed by a reception at Rackham Graduate School, 4th Floor Amphitheatre, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI.



Increasing the economic security of women and their families is not only critical, but the subject of several bills in Congress and parallel efforts in state legislatures across the country. In an election year in which the women's vote may be an important determinant of the results, a women's economic agenda has particular saliency.


Come learn about the importance of this agenda and its critical components, including:

The Paycheck Fairness Act to deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their wages to coworkers.

The Strong Start for America's Children Act to fund high-quality early childhood education programs, which have been demonstrated to provide a huge return on investment.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act to help close the gender wage gap and increase pay for more than 15 million working women.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women, Social Work Learning Community on Poverty and Inequality, Rackham Office of Graduate Student Success, LS&A Women's Studies, Law School and Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, and the Ford School of Public Policy.
 

Nancy Duff Campbell, a founder and Co-President of the National Women's Law Center, is a nationally recognized expert on women's law and public policy, especially issues affecting low-income women. For over 40 years, the Center has been getting new laws on the books and enforced, litigating groundbreaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, conducting sophisticated advocacy campaigns, and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families. 


Each year, CEW's Visiting Social Activist program, funded by UM alumna Twink Frey and her husband James McKay, supports an activist whose work affects women and recognizes gender equity issues. Interactions between VSAs and the U-M community nurture a "scholar-activist" mindset in academia as well as in social justice organizations. Activists use their time in Ann Arbor to research, plan and create a product (e.g., report, strategy, video) to advance their work on behalf of women.

For more information about the VSA program, or CEW's other advocacy work, visit http://www.cew.umich.edu/action/tfvsa, or contact Beth Sullivan at bsulliva@umich.edu.
 
 

This event is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP below.

 

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