Still Unequal After All These Years: Continuing Barriers to Workplace Gender Equality

While workplace gender equality has improved after decades of struggle, there remains a long way to go. Despite passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, women are still paid just 78 cents for every dollar paid to white men, and the United States is the only developed country that does not provide paid maternity leave. How will the Supreme Court's decision in Young v. UPS impact the application of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act going forward? How can barriers to workplace equality, such as the systemic pay gap, be overcome? Should we look to the states or the federal government to institute and enforce policy reforms on paid maternity leave and gender and pregnancy discrimination laws? Will President Obama's executive actions on paid leave pressure Congress to bring the nation in line with the rest of the world? 
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Samuel Bagenstos, Frank G. Millard Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
  • Michael Eastman, Vice President, Public Policy, Equal Employment Advisory Council 
  • Sarah Fleisch Fink, Senior Policy Counsel for Workplace Programs, National Partnership for Women & Families
  • Maryann Parker, Associate General Counsel, Service Employees International Union 
  • Hon. Jenny Yang, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission