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ADVISORY: How Public Policy Can Close the Women’s Leadership Gap

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Contact: Andrea Purse
Phone: 202.741.6250

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, June 30, the Center for American Progress will host a conversation exploring the potential of using public policy to help combat the women’s leadership gap and how this might be accomplished in the United States.

Although they hold almost 52 percent of all professional-level jobs, American women lag substantially behind men when it comes to their representation in leadership positions. 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. During the event, speakers and panelists will discuss whether the United States has lessons to learn from abroad and will explore how we can develop public policy solutions that would be effective and appropriate in an American legal and cultural context.


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

Keynote speaker:
Lajla Brandt Jakhelln, Deputy Chief of Mission and Head of Administration, 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
Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
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


Monday, June 30, 2014
10:30 a.m. ET – 12:00 p.m. ET

Space is extremely limited. RSVP required.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed.


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

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