Economic Opportunity

2022 Apr 07

Women’s Economic Empowerment in low income or emerging markets

3:00pm to 4:15pm

Location: 

On Campus, Cason Room (T-102)

Speaker: Sybil Chidiac, Senior Program Officer, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In countries and communities around the globe, women and girls lack full agency over the most fundamental aspects of their own lives, their own families, and across society. This inequality can be traced to structural barriers, like discriminatory laws and policies, which result in unequal pay and restricted access to land or property. Inequality is also the result of barriers that women experience in their day-to-day lives- such as cultural norms and...

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Looking for holiday season deals? Don’t forget to check the labor market.

Looking for holiday season deals? Don’t forget to check the labor market.

November 24, 2021
Retailers are hoping that this holiday season will be the best ever—or at least the best one in the last couple years. But to do that, they’ll have to hire a lot of temporary workers, fast. "Employers turned to teenagers, and in a lot of cases, lowered employment requirements because they needed to get bodies in the door,” WAPPP Fellow Alicia Sasser Modestino says. “I think we’re going to see a bit of that again now.”
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The state of child care in America

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There’s a labor shortage plaguing industries across the board, as millions of people left the workforce during the pandemic or are switching careers. A new report from Indeed says interest in child care roles has gone down 15% since before COVID. How long will the pandemic affect working parents?

Axios Re:Cap talks with Northeastern University economics professor and WAPPP Fellow Alicia Modestino about the state of child care in America.

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It’s a great time to invest in Black- and POC-led media

It’s a great time to invest in Black- and POC-led media

October 22, 2021

Following the news of Ozy Media's future, Farai Chideya, WAPPP Leader in Practice, hopes there's one lesson we don’t take away from this: that Black- and POC-led businesses are unworthy of investment. "Maybe Ozy-gate is a blessing. It gives us a chance to take a new look at how and why to invest in diverse media. We are in an era of media innovation focused on serving BIPOC communities."

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Raising the Future: The Child Care Crisis – A PBS NewsHour Special

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Alicia Sasser Modestino, WAPPP Fellow, joins Amna Nawaz, and examines how the lack of affordable, quality child care is affecting American families. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic transformed daily life for millions of working parents and pushed the nation’s child care system to the brink of collapse. Out of that turmoil, a heated debate has emerged over what, if anything, can be done to better meet the needs of parents and young children.

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