Can ‘Leaning In’ Close the Women’s Leadership Gap? Or Do We Need Public Policy?

In the United States, conversations about the women’s leadership gap tend to focus on what individual women can do to get ahead. In many other countries, however, the cause of women’s advancement has become a matter of public policy. Does the United States have lessons to learn from abroad? How can we develop public policy solutions that would be effective and appropriate in an American legal and cultural context?

Please join us on Monday, June 30, for a conversation that will explore the potential for using public policy to help combat the women’s leadership gap and how this might be accomplished in the United States.

Opening remarks:
Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress

Keynote speaker:
Lajla Brandt Jakhelln, Deputy Chief of Mission, Norwegian Embassy

Featured speakers:

Joan Williams, Founding Director, Center for WorkLife Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; Co-Author, What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know

Pamela Stone, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Author, Opting Out? Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home

Fatima Goss Graves, Vice President for Employment and Education, National Women’s Law Center

Greta Schettler, Senior Economic Policy Advisor, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State

Moderated by:
Judith Warner, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

Coffee will be served at 10:00 a.m.