Friday, June 06, 2008

NCRW Friday Morning Plenary (Post 8)

Q & A

Vernoica Aerrola: What counts as a “job” when we are doing this research? How do define “jobs” in our research on job creation?

Joan Entmacher: Entmacher points out that it is difficult to tell when analyzing DOL stats and observes how the question points to the nuance of evaluating job creation, etc in terms of what it means for women. For example, in the rebuilding of New Orleans, did women receive the high paid jobs that were created through construction projects? She ends by asking what we are doing for women to assure that women have access to the jobs that are being created.

Sandy Morgen: Morgen points out that older policies – that might need to be updated – that worked in the past to help women access new and lucrative jobs. She notes that there is a road map we could use to shape our work in the future. She doesn’t think we should re-copy old policies, but that we can learn from them – and the US has done this work in the past. It’s not a blank slate!

Audience Member: An audience member requests information on the relation of poverty statistics for women versus men.

Audience Member: Another audience member points out how effective social media can be in translating statistics into powerful policy movements.

A general discussion about useful resources follows. (How great - like thinking and linking, but right here in person!)

Jane Wishner: Jane Wishner echoes previous discussion and asks Linda Basch about the NCRW’s Corporate Members Circle and their feelings about the issues we’ve been discussing in terms of employment benefits and employee needs. Wishner sees this as a point of possible positive change making.

Linda Basch: Basch agrees that we need to use our networks to work on such policy issues as well as looking to organizations, such as those for women’s entrepreneurs,

Mev Miller: Mev Miller asks about how we can work on issues of education, including financial literacy and health care literacy. How can NCRW’s research speak to education?

Audience Member: An audience member raises the issue of aging and how that effects an individual’s economic position.

Audience Member: Another audience member brings up early education for children growing up in low-income situations in terms of the legacy of No Child Left Behind.

Valerie Ann Johnson, Bennett College for Women: Valerie Ann Johnson brings up issues of ability in terms of access to prosperity. (An important point, for sure!) She asks how we can make ability issues more visible.

A general discussion among panelists in regards to these questions follows. High school drop out rates, transportation issues, land use policy, and other topics are raised.

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