A joint conference
This 3-day interdisciplinary, multi-sector conference  will focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. In addition, presenters will map challenges families face in this current context of financial vulnerability. National researchers and practitioners will join University of Michigan faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome.
Re:Gender will open the conference  with researchers, policy thinkers and practitioners discussing financial vulnerability and the modern family. Sessions will look at: recent cultural and social history of the family; economic reality within modern configurations of family; gender roles and domestic labor; economic forces influencing families, from benefits, wages and labor to education, immigration and incarceration; generational economic immobility across class; and how and why families define themselves (and what happens when they are defined by others). These explorations will be overlaid with an analysis of current conditions of work instability and economic insecurity across class.
Wednesday, May 14
- Focus on Precarity and the Modern Family
- Evening Keynote: Sheryl WuDunn
Thursday, May 15
- Focus on Good Jobs: What Are They? Who Gets Them? How Do They Keep Them?
Friday, May 16
- Focus on Collective Agenda for Action
All sessions will take place at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070. For more information, please contact Gail Cooper, Vice President for Programs, at gcooper[at]regender.org or 212-785-7335, Ext. 201, or visit our conference webpage .