Episode 130
Sep 10, 2019

The economy isn’t working for women who work

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Female workforce participation peaked in 2000. What happened? And why are women's wages still stagnant? We're joined by writer and law professor Emily Bazelon.

Between the 1970s and 1990s, women entered the workforce in droves.

Then female workforce participation peaked in 2000. What happened? And why are women’s wages still stagnant? This week, we’re continuing our series on the economics of inequality with a look at gender.

And we should be clear about this — it’s not just a problem for women. Inequity in the workplace ultimately holds everyone back. And in that way, inequality of all kinds keeps us from being better positioned to tackle all kinds of threats, from poverty to climate change. It’s a big deal, and it’s a little Dark Place. It’s why we’re doing this series.

This week, Emily Bazelon is helping us sort through the large and small challenges facing women at work. She’s a writer for The New York Times Magazine, in part covering family issues like this, and a lecturer at Yale Law School. You can also hear her on the Slate “Political Gabfest” podcast.

Later in the show, we’ll hear your feedback on last week’s episode about deepfakes, and our departing producer Shara Morris answers the Make Me Smart question.

Here’s a link to The New York Times story about women in the workplace we mentioned in the show, and our previous economics of inequality episodes about the racial wealth gap and CEO pay.

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The team

Molly Wood Host
Tony Wagner Digital Producer