Working Moms: A panel discussion with Joan Williams, Linda Hirshman, Heather Boushey, Ellen Bravo and moderated by E.J. Graff.
The Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School presents a panel discussion exploring the current trend of news stories depicting working mothers as either leaving the career track or dreaming of doing so - a media trend that is framing the national discourse on motherhood and work in United States. Do these stories rely too heavily on anecdotal evidence while ignoring statistics and demographics?- The New School
Heather Boushey is Chief Economist at American Progress, where her research focuses on U.S. employment, social policy, and family economic well-being. She is also currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. She co-edited The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (Simon & Schuster ebook, 2009) and was a lead author of “Bridging the Gaps,” a 10-state study about how low- and moderate-income working families are left out of work support programs. Her research has been published in academic journals and has been covered widely in the media, including regular appearances on the PBS Newshour and in The New York Times, where she was called one of the “most vibrant voices in the field.” She also spearheaded a successful campaign to save the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation from devastating budget cuts.
Boushey received her Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research and her B.A. from Hampshire College. She has held an economist position with the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, the Center for Economic and Policy Research, and the Economic Policy Institute, where she was a co-author of their flagship publication, The State of Working America 2002/3. She grew up in a union family in Mukilteo, Washington, and now lives with her husband, Todd Tucker, in Washington, D.C.
Ellen Bravo is a long-time activist for working women. She began working for 9to5, National Association of Working Women in 1982, when she helped found the Milwaukee chapter, and served until 2004 as its national director. Now Ellen teaches Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including masters level classes on Family-Friendly Workplaces and on Sexual Harassment, and serves as a consultant to 9to5. She coordinates the Multi-State Working Families Consortium, a network of state coalitions working for family-flexible policies. In addition to Taking on the Big Boys, Ellen co-authored (with Ellen Cassedy) The 9to5 Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and wrote The Job/Family Challenge: A 9to5 Guide (Not for Women Only. She's also written numerous articles and reports, including Quality Part-Time Options in Wisconsin, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and an article in the March 2007 special issue of the American Prospect.
Since 2001, E.J. Graff has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center. As an author and journalist, she has written widely about issues of marriage and family, women's lives, and the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgendered people. Her widely praised work is often cited in legal journals, reprinted for use in academic courses and textbooks, entered as courtroom exhibits, and quoted by government policymaking bodies.
Linda Redlick Hirshman is a lawyer, feminist, and the author of The Woman's Guide to Law School and Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex. She is a retired Distinguished professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Brandeis University.
Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams, 1066 Foundation Chair at UC Hastings College of the Law and prize-winning author, is the director of WorkLife Law and co-director of the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR). The author of Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It, she was awarded the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.
She has been widely quoted in the press, in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parenting Magazine, Working Mother and O.