Cornell University

Distinguished Lecture in Honor of Alice Hanson Cook

October 1, Ithaca Campus

2014 Alice Cook LectureAusterity And The Future For Gender Equality In Europe

Jill Rubery
Professor of Comparative
Employment Systems
University of Manchester, England

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
4–6 p.m. (Reception at 4:00, lecture begins at 4:30)
423 ILR Conference Center, King-Shaw Hall

Austerity policies in Europe are disrupting and potentially reversing progress towards gender equality — a core principle of European policy since the mid-1990s. 

Since the 2008 crisis, the upward trend in women's employment has stalled, and austerity is leading to poorer quality jobs and reduced support for care from public services. Policy concern over gender equality has receded, leaving the core gender policy commitment to be one of increasing female employment through flexible labor markets and low-wage jobs. 

This paper assesses these uses and potential abuses of the gender equality agenda in Europe and the long term implications of austerity policies for equality and the care agenda. 

Reception and lecture open to the public.

Alice Hanson Cook, ILR professor, was renowned throughout the world for
her scholarship and activism in support of working women. This
Distinguished Lectureship honors her legacy by bringing to campus leading
scholars who have contributed to research on women and work.