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Expertise: Women's economic security, women's rights

Jocelyn Frye is a senior fellow at American Progress, where her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including work-family balance, pay equity, and women’s leadership. Prior to joining American Progress, Frye served for four years as deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and special projects for the first lady, where she oversaw the broad issue portfolio of the first lady, with a particular focus on women, families, and engagement with the greater Washington, D.C., community. Her responsibilities included working on the first lady’s two signature initiatives, combating childhood obesity and supporting military families, and managing the young women’s component of the White House Leadership and Mentoring Initiative, a program connecting selected local high school students with current and former White House staff as mentors, and providing students with a mix of career exploration, college preparation, and educational opportunities.

Before joining the Obama administration, Frye served as general counsel at the National Partnership for Women and Families, where she concentrated on employment and gender-discrimination issues, with a particular emphasis on equal-employment-enforcement efforts and employment barriers facing women of color and low-income women. During her 15-year tenure at the National Partnership, she testified before Congress and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on federal enforcement of employment-discrimination laws and analyzed the effectiveness of federal equal-employment-enforcement efforts. Prior to her work at the National Partnership, she worked for four years as an associate at Crowell & Moring, a Washington, D.C., law firm, concentrating in the white-collar crime-practice area.

Frye received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a proud native of Washington, D.C.

By Jocelyn Frye
Census Data Show Historic Investments in Social Safety Net Alleviated Poverty in 2020Center for American ProgressSeptember 14, 2021
Ensuring Equal Pay for Black Women is Not Just About Work—It’s Also About FamilyCenter for American ProgressAugust 3, 2021
Equal pay is key to the economic recovery for women workersThe HillApril 12, 2021
10 Essential Actions To Promote Equal PayCenter for American ProgressMarch 24, 2021
More Than a Celebration: The Elevation of Madam Vice President Should Be a Call to ActionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 4, 2021
100 Years After the 19th Amendment, the Fight for Women’s Suffrage ContinuesCenter for American ProgressAugust 18, 2020
10 Actions Employers Can Take To Secure Equal Pay for Black WomenCenter for American ProgressAugust 13, 2020
Centering Equity in the Future-of-Work Conversation Is Critical for Women’s ProgressCenter for American ProgressJuly 24, 2020
On the Frontlines at Work and at Home: The Disproportionate Economic Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Women of ColorCenter for American ProgressApril 23, 2020
Why Pay Data Matter in the Fight for Equal PayCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2020
Who We Measure Matters: Connecting the Dots Among Comprehensive Data Collection, Civil Rights Enforcement, and EqualityCenter for American ProgressMarch 2, 2020
Transforming the Culture of PowerCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2019
Transforming the Culture of PowerCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2019
Racism and Sexism Combine to Shortchange Working Black WomenCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2019
Senate Inaction on Paycheck Fairness Harms WomenCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2019
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Making Real Progress on Equal PayCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2019
Equal Pay Is Fundamental for Women’s Success in the New EconomyCenter for American ProgressMarch 25, 2019
Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual HarassmentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 15, 2019
Efforts to Combat Pregnancy DiscriminationCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2018
Advancing #MeToo in a Post-Kavanaugh Confirmation WorldCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2018
Kavanaugh’s Hero Worship Threatens Women’s Equal RightsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 4, 2018
Kavanaugh’s Nomination to Supreme Court Threatens Workplace Protections for WomenCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2018
Valuing Black Women’s WorkCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2018
Where Change Happens: The Aftermath of Sexual HarassmentCenter for American ProgressJune 19, 2018
Finding The Courage To LeadCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2018
The Gender Wage Gap Among Rural WorkersCenter for American ProgressApril 10, 2018
Creating a Fair Process to Combat Sexual Harassment Is Essential to Women’s ProgressCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2018
From Politics to Policy: Turning the Corner on Sexual HarassmentCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2018
Not Just the Rich and FamousCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2017
How to Combat Sexual Harassment in the WorkplaceCenter for American ProgressOctober 19, 2017
Ivanka Trump’s Report Card on Women’s and Working Families’ IssuesCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
Myths vs. Reality: Why Pay Data and the EEO-1 Form MatterCenter for American ProgressSeptember 7, 2017
5 Things Ivanka Trump Could Do Right Now on Equal PayCenter for American ProgressAugust 24, 2017
What Happens When a Women’s Empowerment Agenda Disempowers WomenCenter for American ProgressAugust 1, 2017
Leveraging the Power of Black WomenCenter for American ProgressJuly 31, 2017
Wage Discrimination: Behind the NumbersCenter for American ProgressJuly 5, 2017
The Trump Budget Is Out of Touch with the Diverse Realities that Working Women FaceCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2017
What’s left out of Ivanka’s view of working mothers: A world of diverse realitiesNew York Daily NewsMay 14, 2017
7 Policies that Women Who Work Need Right NowMediumMay 3, 2017
Defining Power and Why It Matters: Securing Women’s Equality and Women’s FuturesCenter for American ProgressApril 28, 2017
5 Ways the Nomination of Neil Gorsuch Threatens Women’s RightsCenter for American ProgressMarch 23, 2017
Visions for Progress: Recognizing Women as Central to the Nation’s SuccessCenter for American ProgressMarch 21, 2017
Labor Secretary 101: Why It MattersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 24, 2017
Refreshing the Conversation: Understanding Work-Family Challenges Facing Women of ColorU.S. Department of Labor BlogNovember 10, 2016
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Equal PayCenter for American ProgressNovember 7, 2016
Policymakers Must Be Responsive to the Needs of Black WomenCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2016
The Missing Conversation About Work and FamilyCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2016
African American Women in the U.S. EconomyCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2016
Massachusetts demonstrates progress is possible on equal payThe HillAugust 10, 2016
Rhetoric vs. RealityCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2016
Next Steps for Progress on Equal PayCenter for American ProgressApril 12, 2016
To close gender wage gap, we need comprehensive solutions from CongressThe HillJanuary 29, 2016
A Challenge to CongressCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2015
Women want more from Congress than just talkCongress BlogJanuary 9, 2015