Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University
Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University
Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity
BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Career and Family from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Profs. Goldin and Figlio that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.
A century ago, it was a given that a woman with a college degree had to choose between having a career and a family. Today, there are more female college graduates than ever before, and more women want to have a career and family, yet challenges persist at work and at home.
In her new book, Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity, Claudia Goldin, Ph.D., an influential economic historian and labor economist who is currently the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, traces how generations of women have responded to the problem of balancing career and family as the twentieth century experienced a sea change in gender equality, revealing why true equity for dual career couples remains frustratingly out of reach.
Drawing on decades of her own groundbreaking research, Prof. Goldin brings a fresh, in-depth look at the diverse experiences of college-educated women from the 1900s to today, examining the aspirations they formed―and the barriers they faced―in terms of career, job, marriage, and children. She shows how many professions are “greedy,” paying disproportionately more for long hours and weekend work, and how this perpetuates disparities between women and men. Prof. Goldin demonstrates how the era of COVID-19 has severely hindered women’s advancement, yet how the growth of remote and flexible work may be the pandemic’s silver lining.
Prof. Goldin is co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Gender in the Economy Study Group and was the director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program from 1989-2017. She was the first woman to be offered tenure in Harvard’s economics department, and is a pioneer in study of women’s role in the economy, particularly the gender pay gap.
Prof. Goldin will be in conversation with David Figlio, Ph.D., Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. An economist by training, Prof. Figlio serves as a research associate at the NBER and a fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.
This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available on our website and YouTube channel.
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