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Francoise Jacobsohn Joins ERA with Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues

October 21, 2014 | by

Equal Rights Advocates is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Wider Opportunities for Women to co-chair the National Taskforce on Tradeswomen’s Issues. 

Francoise Jacobsohn

Francoise Jacobsohn

Our new staff addition, Françoise Jacobsohn, co-chair of the Task Force and a Fellow at the Cornell ILR Labor and Employment Law Program (LEL), has joined ERA to revive our Tradeswomen’s Advocacy Project. Françoise and the Task Force are working to improve and enforce the law on equal opportunity for tradeswomen through education and legislative and policy advocacy. They also focus on ensuring a robust compliance program for diversity in workforce development, apprenticeship, and on federally-funded construction work sites. 

Be sure to read Françoise’s recent column on the importance of opening up construction industry job opportunities to women, which was published in USA Today.

“ERA is thrilled to have Francoise at the helm of our tradeswomen work. She is a well-respected leader across the country. Her passion and smarts and deep experience is just what the movement needs to ensure equal access to high paying and male-dominated fields,” said ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell. 

Françoise has been working in women’s rights and community building, both in Europe and in the United States, for more than 20 years. She serves as the Vice Chair of the New York City Department of Education’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, where she also chairs the Working Group on Gender Equity in CTE. She has been a member of that Council since 2009. Prior to joining ERA, Françoise focused on on expanding women’s participation in non-traditional employment at Legal Momentum. Françoise also served as a member of the New York City Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunity, established in March 2005 to support women and minorities access work in the construction trades.

In France, Françoise taught a class on “Women, the Law and Public Opinion” for France’s Political Science Institute and worked for a European nonprofit focused on violence against women at the workplace. In her earlier career, she helped establish one of the first battered women’s shelters in New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 

To read Tradeswomen Tuesday, a weekly column by Françoise exploring the careers and perspectives of women in the trades, click here



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