Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Holds Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Workplace

Schlesinger Library Symposium Honors the Legacy of Labor Rights Activist Clara Schiffer
September 9, 2011

Karla Strobel

Cambridge, Mass.—The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University will host “The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Workplace.” The symposium will address how women’s employment has transformed workplaces, households, and social life over the past half-century—as well as challenges that remain, especially in the current economy.

WHAT: Today, women make up half the labor force. “The New Majority?” will examine how women’s jobs, pay scales, and opportunities for advancement have evolved. At this symposium, speakers with expertise in the labor movement, labor law, economics, and social policy will discuss what has changed and what lies ahead for women in the workforce.

WHO: “The New Majority?” includes a welcome by Harvard University President Drew Faust and Lois Schiffer ’66 and features speakers with experience in labor law, labor movements, and social policy:

  • Marsha S. Berzon ’66, Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Ellen Bravo, Former Director, 9to5, and Current Director, Family Values @ Work Consortium
  • Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
  • Nancy MacLean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Professor of History, Duke University
  • Lynn Rhinehart, General Counsel, AFL-CIO
  • Kris Rondeau, Founder, Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Worker

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 1:00–5:30 PM

WHERE: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA

More information about the symposium is available online: http://www.radcliffe.edu/events/calendar_2011workplace.aspx.

About the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is a scholarly community where individuals pursue advanced work across a wide range of academic disciplines, professions, and creative arts. Within this broad purpose, the Institute sustains a continuing commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. For more information, please visit www.radcliffe.edu.

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