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Politics and Work Family Policies in the United States: Stalemate, Gender, Race and Class (November 26, 2012)

When Nov 26, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where University of South Australia, Bradley Forum, Hawke Building, City West Campus
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The United States is unique among high income countries in having high female labor force participation, comparatively low rates of part-time working, high birth rates and hardly any work family supports. While policies such as paid parental leave, increased spending on childcare or rights to paid sick pay or to request flexible working – all lacking for American families- do well in the polls, they have failed to make it into legal mandates. This session will provide some background on work & life in the USA and will explore the political and social dynamics which keep work family reconciliation a private responsibility.

Ariane Hegewisch is a Study Director, with responsibility for issues of workplace discrimination and work-life reconciliation, at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the premier U.S. Think Tank concerned with women’s economic and social equality, based in Washington, D.C.. She is also an associated scholar of the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California Hastings School of Law. She is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a particular focus on working time, work life balance and labor market flexibility. Prior to coming to the United States in 2001, she taught at Cranfield University School of Management in the UK, where she was a founding researcher of the Cranet Survey on International Strategic Human Resource Management, the largest independent employer based survey of HRM policies and practices globally. Before joining Cranfield in 1989 she worked for six years as a policy advisor on gender, employment and industrial policy in local government in London. After growing up in Germany, she received a BSc Economics from the London School of Economics in 1981, followed by an M Phil Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies in Sussex.

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