Women, Work and COVID: The Future is Still Female

March 16, 2021 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM

The pandemic has exacerbated long-standing workforce challenges for parents, especially women. Hundreds of thousands of women have lost their jobs. Black and Latino women are experiencing a historically high unemployment rate, well above 8%. And, 1 in 4 women are considering leaving careers, according to a recent McKinsey-Lean In report, a likely result of the pandemic thrusting families into an untenable and unsustainable position.

For decades, policymakers have struggled to adequately support working families. Right now, whole industries are suffering while just a few corporations take independent action. How we respond now will have major implications for work in the future and gender equity. Join The Future Works Alliance PHL, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and Chariot Solutions to understand the challenge and explore solutions interactively. Through collaboration, we can support women and our economy can thrive in the future of work.

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Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

Among many other accomplishments, Lisa is a leading voice in Congress on economic and future of work-related issues. As a former Secretary of Labor and State Personnel Director, Lisa advocates for legislation that boosts start-up business growth, removes barriers for citizens reentering society, and addresses college affordability and debt. She is a Co-Chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Future of Work Task Force and serves as the sole Member of Congress on the Aspen Institute’s National Advisory Council for the Future of Work Initiative. She is also the founder of the Congressional Future of Work Caucus.


9:30 – Welcome
Anne Gemmell

9:35 – Opening Remarks
Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester

9:45 – Research Summary and Panel: How are companies responding now and for the future?

  • Moderator: Roxanne Patel Shepelavy
  • Ashley Putnam
  • Tracey Welson-Rossman
  • Tiffany Fields
  • Marissa Gilbert
10:30 – Interactive Discussions

  • Child Care led by Sloane Kaiser
  • Racial and Gender Bias led by Sharon Clinton
  • Next Act Career Pivots led by Madeline Bayliss

11:05 – Whole Group Discussion with Q&A

11:30 – Closing Remarks
Anne Gemmell

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