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Women and Economic Security Conference: Changing Policy and Practice (May 14–16, 2014)

When May 14, 2014 10:00 AM to
May 16, 2014 01:00 PM
Where Rackham, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI
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his 3-day interdisciplinary, multi-sector conference will focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome. Women & Economic Security is a joint conference, presented by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), University of Michigan and the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW).          
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Day Two, May 15, 2014

The morning session will feature Barbara Gault, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Anne Ladky, Women Employed, and Saru Jayaraman, Restaurant Opportunities Center, discussing "Good Jobs for Women with Low Incomes." The morning will also feature a dance piece, "Living Jobs," choreographed by Dr. Adesola Akinyele, Dancing Strong and the U-M Flint.

After lunch the registrants will select from one of six breakout sessions under "Barriers to Getting and Keeping 'Good Jobs.'" Using data, research, and lived experiences, a scholar and an activist/practitioner will analyze the impact of specific issues on women who are trying to get and keep employment. Following that analysis, each group of participants will formulate policy alternatives for addressing their issue.

The goal of Day Two is to establish the state of women's experiences in low-wage work and develop working policy alternatives for addressing work-related barriers to women achieving economic stability.


Day Three, May 16, 2014

Day three will focus on a Collective Agenda for Action discussing the path from Policy Planning to Political Action from Michigan legislators and government staffers. The conference will conclude with a final Call to Action by Cindy Estrada, UAW. The conference will conclude at 1:00 pm.

The goal of Day Three is to jumpstart a movement to achieve economic security for women by learning more about strategies that can be used to influence work-related policy change.

Registration Information The conference registration fee is $150 to attend all three days, or $100 per day. All U-M staff, faculty and students may attend the full conference at no cost. Please contact CEW for your special registration code at

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