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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
4:00 AM
Rackham Amphitheater, 4th floor

Increasing the economic security of women and their families is not only critical, but is 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.

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.  

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.