Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity (A FAN Program with Claudia Goldin, Ph.D.)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Claudia Goldin, Ph.D., author of the new book, Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity. Prof. Goldin will be interviewed by David Figlio, Ph.D., Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of Career and Family from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Profs. Goldin and Figlio that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: A century ago, it was a given that a woman with a college degree had to choose between having a career and a family. Today, there are more female college graduates than ever before, and more women want to have a career and family, yet challenges persist at work and at home. In her new book, Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity, Claudia Goldin, Ph.D., an influential economic historian and labor economist who is currently the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, traces how generations of women have responded to the problem of balancing career and family as the twentieth century experienced a sea change in gender equality, revealing why true equity for dual career couples remains frustratingly out of reach.

Drawing on decades of her own groundbreaking research, Prof. Goldin brings a fresh, in-depth look at the diverse experiences of college-educated women from the 1900s to today, examining the aspirations they formed―and the barriers they faced―in terms of career, job, marriage, and children. She shows how many professions are “greedy,” paying disproportionately more for long hours and weekend work, and how this perpetuates disparities between women and men. Prof. Goldin demonstrates how the era of COVID-19 has severely hindered women’s advancement, yet how the growth of remote and flexible work may be the pandemic’s silver lining.

Prof. Goldin is co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Gender in the Economy Study Group and was the director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program from 1989-2017. She was the first woman to be offered tenure in Harvard’s economics department, and is a pioneer in study of women’s role in the economy, particularly the gender pay gap.

Prof. Goldin will be in conversation with David Figlio, Ph.D., Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

About the Author: Claudia Goldin, Ph.D. is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and was the director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s (NBER) Development of the American Economy program from 1989 to 2017. She is a co-director of the NBER's Gender in the Economy Study Group. An economic historian and a labor economist, Prof. Goldin's research covers a wide range of topics, including the female labor force, the gender gap in earnings, income inequality, technological change, education, and immigration. Most of her research interprets the present through the lens of the past and explores the origins of current issues of concern. Her most recent book is Career & Family: Women's Century-Long Journey Toward Equity, released October 2021. Prof. Goldin is best known for her historical work on women in the U.S. economy.

About the Interviewer: David Figlio, Ph.D. is the Orrington Lunt Professor and Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. In 2017, Prof. Figlio was elected to the National Academy of Education for his work involving school accountability, standards, higher education practice, welfare policy, policy design, and the link between health and education. An economist by training, he currently serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics. Prof. Figlio recently concluded a six-year term as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources and has served on numerous national education task forces and panels. In addition, Prof. Figlio has advised the governments of several U.S. states and nations on five continents on the design, implementation, and evaluation of education policy.

Event date: 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
Career and Family: Women's Century-Long Journey Toward Equity By Claudia Goldin Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9780691201788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Princeton University Press - October 12th, 2021

A renowned economic historian traces women's journey to close the gender wage gap and sheds new light on the continued struggle to achieve equity between couples at home