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Policies to Promote Women’s Economic Opportunity

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A joint forum hosted by the Hamilton Project, LeanIn.Org, and Stanford Law School.

On October 19, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, LeanIn.Org, and Stanford Law School co-hosted a forum at Stanford University exploring public policies to promote women’s economic opportunity.

The forum included a fireside chat with Facebook chief operating officer and LeanIn.Org founder Sheryl Sandberg and remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and Stanford Law School Dean M. Elizabeth Magill. The forum also featured three moderated roundtable discussions on topics including: advancing women’s participation in the workforce; expanding access to affordable, high-quality childcare; and building lifelong economic security.

In conjunction with this event, The Hamilton Project at Brookings released a new book entitled The 51%: Driving Growth through Women’s Economic Participation, which consists of policy proposals on a range of topics including: expanding access to paid sick leave, parental leave, and childcare; promoting fair scheduling and pay transparency; safeguarding the economic security of older women; and improving tax incentives for working women. The event will also include discussion of LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company’s Women in the Workplace 2017, a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America.


9:00 AM Registration Opens

10:00 AM Opening Remarks

M. Elizabeth Magill
Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean
Stanford Law School

Robert E. Rubin
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Co-Chair Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations

10:15 AM Roundtable: Making Work Pay: Advancing Women’s Participation in the Labor Force

Debra Ness
National Partnership for Women & Families

Heather Boushey
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Laphonza Butler
SEIU Local 2015

Jesse Rothstein
Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Professor of Economics and Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Marne Levine
Chief Operating Officer

11:15 AM Break

11:25 AM Roundtable: Expanding Access to Affordable, High-Quality Child Care

Aparna Mathur
Resident Scholar, Economic Policy
American Enterprise Institute

Ingrid Mezquita
Executive Director
First 5 San Francisco

Elizabeth Cascio
Associate Professor of Economics
Dartmouth College

Moderator: Diane Schanzenbach
Margaret Walker Alexander Professor and Director, The Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University

12:25 PM Buffet Luncheon

1:00 PM Framing Remarks

Deborah Rhode
Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Director of the Center on the Legal Profession
Director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship
Stanford Law School

1:10 PM Roundtable: Building Lifelong Economic Security

The Honorable Anna Eshoo 
U.S. Representative
The 18th District of California

Nancy McPherson 
State Director
AARP California

Karen Dynan
Professor of Practice
Harvard University

Sara LaLumia
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Williams College

Moderator: Jay Shambaugh
Director, The Hamilton Project
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies
The Brookings Institution

2:05 PM Research Presentation: Women in the Workplace 2017

Rachel Thomas

2:15 PM Fireside Chat: What Can Employers do to Support Women in the Workforce?

Sheryl Sandberg 
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
Founder, LeanIn.Org

Moderator: Shelley J. Correll
Barbara D. Finberg Director, Clayman Institute Professor of Sociology
Stanford University

3:00 PM Forum Adjourns

Event Forum

Stanford University


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