Non-Traditional and Green Jobs for Women

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Join us for our seventh webinar on pathways to greater economic security for women and their families. In presenting this webinar series, we aim to stimulate research ideas, identify areas for partnerships among researchers and members of the policy and advocacy community, and set an agenda towards greater social investments for low-income women and their families.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
2pm EDT
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Françoise Jacobsohn, Legal Momentum
Lauren Sugerman, Wider Opportunities for Women
Shyama Venkateswar, National Council for Research on Women (moderator)

Françoise Jacobsohn will discuss occupational segregation, its effect on women's economic security and the policies needed to break down the barriers that obstruct women's entry, retention and promotion in traditionally male-dominated high-wage jobs. Lauren Sugerman will discuss Transforming pink to green: Putting a gender lens on jobs in the green economy, sharing strategies for building workforce partnerships to support women’s economic security, as well as lessons on engaging unions/employers.

Françoise Jacobsohn is the project manager for Equality Works, Legal Momentum's economic security program focusing on expanding women's participation in high-paying, non-traditional employment. A former president of NOW-NYC, she worked on an institutional and community-building project for public education in Upper Manhattan prior to joining Legal Momentum. Françoise has been working in women's rights and community building for more than twenty years both in Europe and in the United States. She has served as a member of the New York City Mayor's Commission on Construction Opportunity, established in March 2005 to ensure that women and minorities gain access to work in the construction trades. She was appointed to the NYC Department of Education’s CTE Advisory Council, and is now the Vice Chair. Françoise has taught a class on “Women, the Law and Public Opinion” for France's Political Science Institute, worked for a European nonprofit focused on violence against women at the workplace, and helped set-up one of the early battered women’s shelters in New Jersey in the late 70s. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Lauren joined the staff of WOW in 2010 as the Women and Work Project Director, bringing decades of experience linking women to high-wage jobs in traditionally male-dominated industries. As project director of the Pathways Out of Poverty Green Jobs Initiative she is assisting five cities instill a gender lens and equal employment opportunity practices to their green job training programs. A former elevator constructor, Lauren was a co-founder of Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) and became the organization’s first full time director in 1986, leading CWIT from an all volunteer group to a multi-service, $1.4 M agency. Lauren ‘s work developing groundbreaking, widely replicated programs, policy guidelines, legislation and publications to increase women’s participation and equitable treatment in nontraditional occupations is nationally recognized. She has provided technical assistance to more than 100 organizations, public agencies and industry partners in 20 states to promote women’s equity in the skilled trades and green economy.Lauren has served on numerous boards and committees, including two federal committees for the Department of Labor, the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, and the Governor’s Commission on Women Issues. She currently serves on the Committee of Women in the Trades for the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO.