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The Future of Work is Female: ERA & friends host panel at United State of Women 2018

May 4, 2018 | by
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The Future of Work is Female
Corporate Leaders, Women’s Rights Activists Redesign the American Workplace for a Me Too Era


LOS ANGELES – The American workforce is due for an extreme makeover, one that centers women and serves the needs of the modern family.

What should our workplaces look like in the Me Too era? What can policymakers do to end systemic workplace discrimination and close the gender wage gap? How do we address the intersectional challenges faced by women of color, immigrant women, indigenous women, LGBTQ women, and women with disabilities?

Nine panelists from state and national women’s rights organizations, local government, and corporate America will answer these questions Sunday afternoon to a sold-out audience of nearly 350 attendees at the annual United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles.

“The Future of Work is Female: Re-designing the modern workplace” will feature speakers from Salesforce, Teach for America, ACLU, Los Angeles City Council, National Partnership for Women and Families, Southwest Women’s Law Center, and The Representation Project.

“This solution-focused panel will explore innovative workplace policies and practices that center women in all our diversity,” said host Joi Chaney, Campaign Director at Equal Pay Today.

Panelists will imagine how to redesign workplaces where women are treated and compensated equitably, where career and family co-exist, and where all workers are valued. Seem unrealistic? It’s not.

“Attendees can expect to leave with ideas they can bring their bosses Monday morning — and to their elected officials this fall,” said moderator Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates. Equal Rights Advocates is currently sponsoring seven workplace equality and anti-sexual harassment bills in California, known as the Stronger CA package.

The United State of Women is the nation’s premiere annual gathering of the women leaders and problem solvers. This year’s speakers and special guests include Michelle Obama, Jane Fonda, Tarana Burke, Brittany Packnett, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Valerie Jarrett.


Event Details
Sunday, May 6
1:00 – 3:30 pm PT
University of Southern California Seeley Mudd Building, Room 123
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Location: The Seeley Mudd Building is located on USC Campus, on the corner of McClintock Avenue and Downey Way. For reference, see this map of the campus.

Joi Chaney, Equal Pay Today (Host)
Noreen Farrell, Equal Rights Advocates (Moderator)
Sarah Fleisch Fink, National Partnership for Women and Families
Molly Ford, Salesforce
Pameyla Herndon, Southwest Women’s Law Center
Lenora Lapidus, American Civil Liberties Union
Tolu Lawrence, The Representation Project
Brittany Packnett, Teach for America
Monica Rodriguez, L.A. City Council


Equal Rights Advocates is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls.


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