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Racial and Gender Wage Gaps: Overcoming Structural Barriers to Shared Growth

July 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Please join the Washington Center for Equitable Growth on Tuesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. for a conversation on wage gaps for women and people of color, and what we can do about it.

Wage stagnation and falling economic mobility are endemic economic problems in the United States. Their effects fall most severely on communities of color and women, who also face large wage gaps compared with white men. Key to solving wage stagnation and overall income inequality is a recognition that deeply ingrained structural forces keep many Americans from sharing in economic prosperity. This event will feature research and discussion from policy experts on the various wage gaps in U.S. society.

When: July 9, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the event will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Event is designed to meet Senate and House ethics guidelines as a widely attended event.
Where: Rayburn House Office Building, 2261, 45 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20515

Heather Boushey, Executive Director, Washington Center for Equitable Growth (Welcome Remarks)

Kate Bahn, Director of Labor Market Policy and Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity; Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, Ohio State University
Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

Carmen Rojas, Co-Founder and CEO, The Workers’ Lab

The conversation will examine intersectional wage gaps in the United States for workers of different genders, races, ethnicities, and backgrounds, and will cover the following topics:

What are the specific wage gaps experienced by different identity groups, and why is it important to look at them through an intersectional lens?
Why has wage inequality among workers based on their identity been so persistent? How are historically disadvantaged groups of workers held back from sharing in the gains of economic growth?
Are unions equipped to promote inclusive wage increases and strengthen worker bargaining power? What other models of worker collective action are promising for boosting wages for historically disadvantaged groups?
What are appropriate policy responses to protect workers from harmful effects of workplace fissuring and ensure that pathways to the middle class remain accessible in the “future of work”?


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