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Conference Program

Friday, November 2

Schedule Overview

Registration, Founder's Lobby
Welcome Remarks, Claudio Grossman Hall
Mieke Meurs, American University
Peter Starr, American University
Sylvia Burwell, American University
Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Opening Plenary, Claudio Grossman Hall
Concurrent Sessions 1
Lunch Break, Founder's Lobby
Concurrent Sessions 2
Coffee Break, Founder's Lobby
Concurrent Sessions 3
Poster Session & Light Reception

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM | Claudio Grossman Hall


11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

1.1 Gender and Precarity

Gender and Precarious Work in the United States

  • Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Harry Konstantinidis, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Aimee Bell-Pasht, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

Working Harder or Finding It Harder to Work: Demographic Trends in Annual Work Hours Show an Increasingly Fractured Workforce

  • Valerie Wilson, Economic Policy Institute
  • Janelle Jones, Economic Policy Institute

Welfare Reform and Precarious Family Lives: How the Democrats Went Wrong in 1996 — and Continue to Pay for Their Mistake

Felicia Kornbluh, University of Vermont

Institutional Constraints on Female Business Entry: A Cross Country Study

Yulia Krylova, George Mason University

1.2 Gender & Development

Development and Implementation of Women's Empowerment in Agricultural Index for Value Chains (WEAI4VC)

  • Greg Seymour, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Hazel Malapit, IFPRI
  • Agnes Quisumbing, IFPRI
  • Elena Martines, IFPRI
  • Catherine Ragasa, IFPRI

Gender Differences in Occupational Choice: A Framework Field Experiment from Ghana

  • Isabel Lambrecht, IFPRI
  • Berber Kramer, IFPRI

Self-Esteem and Economic Outcomes in the Household: Evidence from Farmer Couples in Cote d'Ivoire

  • Aletheia Donald, World Bank Group
  • Ioana Botea, World Bank Group
  • Lea Rouanet, World Bank Group

Women’s Economic Empowerment in Agricultural Programming: Reanalysis of Evaluation Data from Haiti and Mali

  • Emma Fawcett, Oxfam America
  • Stephan Lefebvre, American University 

1.3 Violence & Safety

How Can Community-University Engagement Address Family Violence Prevention?

Linda De Riviere, University of Winnipeg

Violence Against Women in Indian Urban Public Spaces

Ritwika Biswas, Temple University

Does Money Protect Women from Violence? Individual and Community Level Effects of Women's Employment on Marital Abuse in India

  • Shilpa Reddy, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Reeve Vanneman, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Improving Women's Safety in Public Transport System: Utility of Smartphone Technology to Crowd-Source Context-Specific on Public Transit Users' Fear or Crime and Travel Experiences

    • Yasemin Irvin-Erickson, Urban Institute
    • Ammar Malik, Urban Institute

    1.4 Roundtable | Challenges & Opportunities for Closing Women's Wealth Gap 

    The Asset Funders Network, in collaboration with the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap, will highlight new findings on the impacts of gender wealth gap on women throughout their life cycle along with recommend strategies for policy advocates, practitioners and funders involved in supporting women in build assets.

    • William (Sandy) Darity Jr., Duke University
    • Amy Castro Baker, University of Pennsylvania
    • Jhumpa Battacharya, Insight Institute for Community Development
    • Karen Murrell, Asset Funders Network

    1.5 Roundtable | This Is Not Your Father's Union!

    This Roundtable aims to address the ways in which gender analysis has been used to inform union organizing to improve working conditions for all women. Dicussions include efforts by the CGT in coordination with the Center for Women’s Rights (CDM) and the Solidarity Center to develop an intensive women workers’ leadership course, analyzing gender, women’s role in the global economy, and key leadership and negotiation skills.

    • Robin Runge, Solidarity Center
    • Valindra Chaparadza, Solidarity Center
    • Maria Elena Sabillon, Solidarity Center
    • Sarah Gammage, International Center for Research on Women

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

2.1 Discrimination in Professions

The Middle of the Pack? Age, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Last 40 Years of Biomedical Authorship

Allison Nunez, University at Albany, SUNY

Hidden Figures: The (in)Visibility of Women Economists in Italian Economic Journals from 1930 to 1970

Giulia Zacchia, Sapienza University of Rome

Where Have All the Women Gone? Occupational Choice Among Women Leaving Computer Science

  • Kristin Smith, University of New Hampshire
  • Sharon Sassler, Cornell University
  • Katherine Michelmore, Syracuse University

Unequal Laws and the Disempowerment of Women in the Labor Market

Silvia Muzi, World Bank Group

2.2 Gender & Employment

Gender Disparities in Employment and Earnings in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Swaziland

  • Zuzana Brixiova, University of Cape Town
  • Theirry Kangoye, African Development Bank

Gender Streaming in Vietnam

  • Elizaveta Perova, World Bank Group
  • Aneesh Mannava , World Bank Group
  • Hillary Johnson, World Bank Group
  • Iffat Chowdhury, University of Washington

International Sex Discrimination Policies in Australia-Barriers and the Enablers

  • Yolanda Vega, Swinburne University
  • Bernadine Van Gramberg, Swinburne University
  • Anne Bardoel, Swinburne University

2.3 Household Decision-Making

Unconditional Cash Transfer and Intra-Household Decision Making in Rural Nigeria

Mehrab Bin Bakhtiar, University of Maryland, College Park

Are Female-Headed Households More Food Insecure: The Tale of Senegal

Muhammad Abdullah Ali Malik, American University

How Homeless Shelters can Address Economic Drivers of Homelessness for Female-Headed Families

  • Morgan Richards, Women in Need (WIN), Inc.
  • Kathleen Agaton, Women in Need (WIN), Inc.

Toward a Better Understanding of Gender Dynamics in Intra-Household Decision Making: New Measurements and Evidence from Rural Philippines

  • Hillary Johnson, World Bank Group
  • Elizaveta Perova, World Bank Group
  • Sundas Liaqat, World Bank Group

2.4 Roundtable | Non-Traditional Occupations

Led by the Chicago Women in Trades, this roundtable discusses case studies that highlight best practices for organizing, policy, and technical assistance from the point of view of the tradeswomen leaders, who are at the forefront of accelerating the pace of progress for women in the skilled trades.

  • Vicki O'Leary, International Ironworkers Union
  • Liliana Calderon, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
  • Leah Rambo, Sheet Metal Workers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund
  • Lauren Sugerman, National Center for Women's Equity in Apprenticeship and Employment

2.5 Roundtable | A New Approach to Addressing Gender-Based Economic Inequality at the City Level

This session provides an overview of research on the history of paid care work, the organizing efforts of care workers, & insights from NYC's Paid Care Division in its 1st year. A discussion will follow on the strengths and limitations of this model as a strategy for reducing gender inequality in the labor market.

  • Brittany Rawlinson, New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
  • Sanjay Pinto, Cornell University and Rutgers University
  • Rocio Avila, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Onika Shepherd, 1199SEIU
  • Allison Cook, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
  • Sandra Ezquerra, Universitat de Vic-Universitat Central de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain)

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

3.1 Gender & Labor Markets

Gendered Cultural Contexts Across US. Labor Markets and the Gender Wage Gap

William Scarborough, University of Illinois at Chicago

Gender Gap on Parenthood Gaps? The Contribution of the Gender Wage Gap (1986-2004)

  • Marta Murray Close, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Eunjing Jee, University of Massachusetts Amherst

More Than Schooling: Understanding Gender Differences in the Labor Market when Measures of Skill are Available

  • Dileni Gunewardena, University of Peradeniya
  • Elizabeth King, The Brookings Institution
  • Alexandria Valerio, The World Bank

Pink Work: Same-Sex Marriage, Discrimination, and Labor Supply

Dario Sansone, Georgetown University

3.2 Capital & credit

Gender and Credit: Disparities Across Financial Products

Nathan Blascak, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Anna Tranfaglia, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Persistence of Gender: Women’s Empowerment, Wealth, and Community Norms in Rural India 

Ieva Zumbyte, Brown University

Gender, Shocks, and Assets: Evidence from Tigray, Ethiopia

Shirin Arslan, American University

Are Female Owned Informal Enterprises in India Financially Included?

Prateeksha Maurya and Pratap Chandra Mohany, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee


3.3 (risks of) Motherhood

Enhancing Gender Equality on Establishment Level: Do Organizational Family Friendly Arrangments support a faster re-entry after childbirth?

  • Corinna Frodermann, Institute for Employment Research (IAB Nuremberg)
  • Dana Muller, IAB Nuremberg

"Ideal" Leave policies in 32 Middle to High income countries

Sarah Kostecki, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York

Establishment Closures in Germany: The Motherhood Penalty at Job Search Durations

  • Dana Muller, IAB Nuremberg
  • Corinna Frodermann, IAB Nuremberg

The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: New Econometric Estimates

Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Rutgers University

3.4 Roundtable | Economic & Health Costs of Sexual HARASSMENT & ASSAULT: CIVILIAN & MILITARY EXPERIENCES

The proliferation of sexual harassment and sexual assault has far-reaching implications. This roundtable discussion will address the economic, health, and social costs of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military, both on the micro-and macro-levels.

  • Rachel Gaddes, Insight Policy Research
  • Rebecca Loya, Brandeis University
  • Anne Sadler, University of Iowa
  • Andra Tharp, Air Force Integrated Resilience Office

3.5 Roundtable | The Future of Work is Care Work

This session aims to demonstrate how organizing care workers increases wages and benefits for an occupation that is primarily women of color and migrant women and historically excluded from decent wages and working conditions. Discussion centers around policy recommendations to address the persistent intersectional discrimination against paid domestic workers, which perpetuates a socioeconomically inferior position for them internationally and domestically.

  • Alexis de Simone, Solidarity Center
  • Antonia Pena, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Sarah Gammage, International Center for Research on Women
  • Leda M. Pérez, Universidad del Pacífico

Saturday, November 3

Schedule Overview

Registration, Founder's Lobby
Concurrent Sessions 4
Coffee Break, Founder's Lobby
Concurrent Sessions 5
Lunch Break, Founder's Lobby
Closing Plenary, Claudio Grossman Hall

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

4.1 Gender, race, amd sexual orientation

Analyzing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination for Federal Contractor and Non-Contractor Firms

  • M.V. Lee Badgett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Women of Color and Unpaid Community Work

  • Nina Banks, Bucknell University

What Explains Gender Differences in Food Insecurity?

  • Nzinga Broussard, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Do School Counselors Exhibit Gender and Racial Bias in Recommending Students for Advanced Coursework?

  • Dania V. Francis, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

4.2 Policy: Impacts & Challenges

The impact of a state Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Policy on worker wages and hours: Evidence from New York

Carylon Arcand, University of New Hampshire

Impact of Intergovernmental fiscal transfers on Gender equality in India

  • Lekha Chakraborty, National institute of Public Finance and Policy, Ministry of Finance (India)
  • Janet Stotsky, American University
  • Piyush Gandhi, Oxford University

Different Laws, Different Impacts: separating the Effect of Two parental Involvement in Abortion Laws on Minors’ Risky Sexual Behavior

Pamela Meyerhofer, Cornell University

Explaining Policy for Working Women in the US States: A Political Economy Analysis

Jonathan Rose, Oxfam America

4.3 (dis)empowerment

Women Empowerment and Technology Adoption: Cross-country evidence from Asia

  • Aging into Poverty: Single Women, Wealth Gaps, and the Sandwich Generation

  • Amy Castro Baker, University of Pennsylvania
  • Stacia West, University of Pennsylvania
  • Folasade Famakinwa, University of Pennsylvania

Is Early Age Marriage linked to Women Empowerment in EAG States of India

  • Pratap Chandra Mohany, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  • Ayusmati Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Sonia Akter, National University of Singapore

The Impact of Engaging Men on Women's Economic Empowerment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

  • Estelle Koussoube, World Bank Group
  • Julia Vaillant, World Bank Group

4.4 Roundtable | Debt-Based Barriers Facing Illinois Families

This roundtable session focuses on the unique grassroots-led research effort that uncovered debt-based barriers to success that families with low-incomes face in Illinois. Discussion centers around how findings can generating policy change through organizing and advocacy efforts.

  • Gina Spitz, Loyola University Chicago
  • Christine George, Loyola University Chicago
  • Lora York, Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Ellen Schumer, Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)
  • Rosazlia Grillier, COFI

4.5 Roundtable | Job Discrimination Survey Bill

This session presents an overview of the history, challenges, and potential of Nevada’s Assembly Bill No. 423, as well as the prospects for promoting similar initiatives in other states. Discussion centers around ideas and strategies for overcoming partisan gridlock in facilitating gender-aware policy innovations.

  • Jan Jones Blackhurst, Caesars Entertainment
  • Marybel Batjer, California Government Operations Agency
  • Ana Ines Mendy, McKinsey & Company

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

5.1 Workplace Discrimination, Gender Budgeting & Federal Spending

Diversity in the Technology Sector: Federal Agencies Could Improve Oversight of Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements

  • Kate Blumenreich, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  • Moon Parks, U.S. GAO
  • Sheranda Campbell, U.S. GAO

Is Diversity in Sillicon Valley Tech Possible, Now?

  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Joo-Hee Han, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Women in STEM Research: Better Data and Information Sharing Could Improve Oversight of Federal Grant-making and Title IX Compliance

  • Jessica Rider, U.S. GAO
  • Nora Boretti, U.S. GAO

Seeing Risk: Towards a Process Model of How Employers Learn to Perceive Risky Employees

Sophie Jané, Case Western Reserve University

5.2 Gender roles: in households & beyond

Costs of the Man Box: Social and economic costs of Harmful masculine Norms in the US, UK, and Mexico

  • Brian Heilman, Promundo – U.S.
  • Ruti Levtov, Promundo – U.S.

Infrastructure, Technology and Gender Roles: Intra-Household Time Allocation In Rural Pakistan

Fareena Noor Malhi, American University

Transforming gender dynamics in the household: Evidence from Rwanda’s Bandebereho fathers and couples intervention

Ruti Levtov, Promundo –U.S.

Parents' Labor Force Participation and Children's Time in Work Activities: Evidence from Thailand

  • Phanwin Yokying, East West Center
  • Maria S. Floro, American University

5.3 diversity & representation

New evidence on board gender diversity from a large panel of European firms

  • Joanna Tyrowicz, University of Warsaw
  • Siri Terjesen, American University

Banking on gender diversity: A statistical analysis of the determinants of diversity in bank’s boardrooms

  • Adam William Chalmers, Kings College London
  • Giulia Porino, Sapienza University of Rome

Gender Equality and Economic Diversification

  • Romina Kazandijan, American University
  • Lisa Kolovich, International Monetary Fund
  • Kalpana Kochhar, International Monetary Fund
  • Monique Newiak, International Monetary Fund

Marginalization, Micro-Agressions, Legitimacy, and Resources: Academic Inequalities 

Roberta Spalter-Roth, American Sociological Association

Amber Kalb, George Mason University

Ismael Cid-Martinez and Kyle Moore, The New School for Social Research

5.4 Roundtable | Janus, Gender, and the Attack on Women's Collective Action 

This session discusses the recent Supreme Court decisions in Murphy Oil and Janus, and the impact of these decisions on women’s economic security. Participants will discuss the policy reforms necessary to remedy gender inequality – including promoting collective bargaining. We also look at why the particular impact on women workers is often missing from discussion surrounding these challenges to collective action and unions and how to change this to ensure that women’s economic security is a key element of this debate.

  • Celine McNicholas, Economic Policy Institute
  • Jennifer Abruzzo, Communications Workers of America
  • Amy Hanauer, Policy Matters Ohio
  • Karla Gilbride, Public Justice

5.5 Roundtable |  Families, Care, & the Future of Work: A Gender Lens on the GIG Economy

This Roundtable will explore the opportunities and challenges for innovative safeguards like paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, building caregiving infrastructure and prohibitions on abusive scheduling practices in the context of the rise of the gig economy.

  • Molly Williamson, A Better Balance
  • Josephine Kalipeni, Caring Across Generations
  • Kristin Smith, Carsey School of Public Policy/University of New Hampshire
  • Kimberly Seals Allers, Journalist/Author

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM | Claudio Grossman Hall



Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women’s Policy Research