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Career and Family: women's century-long journey toward equity

Nov 25 2021

Career and Family: women's century-long journey toward equity

Join them for this event that will take the form of an open conversation to discuss the themes of gender equity and couple equity as presented in Claudia Goldin’s book, Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity.

Goldin's new book 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, Goldin provides 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; 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. Career and Family explains why we must make fundamental changes to the way we work and how we value caregiving if we are ever to achieve gender equality and couple equity.


Meet their speakers and chair

Claudia Goldin (@PikaGoldin) is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and she is a co-director of the NBER's Gender in the Economy Study Group. An economic historian and a labor economist, Claudia’s research covers a wide range of topics, including the female labor force, the gender gap in earnings, income inequality, technological change, education, and immigration.

Jane Humphries is Centennial Professor of Economic History at LSE and a Fellow of All Souls College. Her research interests focus on labour markets, industrialisation and the links between the family and the economy.

Berkay Ozcan (@BerkayOzcan_) is Associate Professor of Social Policy at LSE. Berkay is a social demographer working at the intersection between family processes (divorce, marriage and fertility) and child and economic outcomes (savings, labour supply and type) to understand social stratification.

Iva Tasseva (@IvaTasseva) is an LSE Fellow since December 2020. Her research focuses on income inequality and poverty and the redistributive effect of tax-benefit policies within specific countries and in a cross-country comparative perspective.

Lucinda Platt (@PlattLucinda) is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

London School of Economics and Political Science
Online, Zoom