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Equity in Focus: Investing in Childcare Careers

Join us for our second Equity in Focus Webinar

Second Webinar: Equity in Focus Series

Virtual Event

April 26th, 2022    

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EST

Child care is an essential need for parents in the workforce. At the same time, women make up the majority of child care workers. While parents struggle to pay for child care services, the child care workers themselves are paid low wages and have little to no access to benefits that improve job quality. How can we reimagine a child care system that meets the needs of families, while treating child care workers with dignity? This webinar will explore the challenges of the child care industry and highlight local examples that are improving access to child care while also raising wages for child care workers. 




Alexander Colvin

Dean, ILR School, Cornell University

Wendy Chun-Hoon

Director, Women's Bureau, Department of Labor

Patricia Campos-Medina

Executive Director, The Worker Institute Cornell ILR School

Allison Julien

Dorothy Bolden Fellow / We Dream in Black Organizing Director, NDWA

Julie Kashen

Director, Women’s Economic Justice and Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Darlene Lombos

Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council

Kimberly Perry

Executive Director, DC Action

Cathy Creighton

Director, Buffalo Co-Lab, Cornell University's ILR School, (Moderator)




Learn about our first digital conference:

On February 24th, 2022 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm, our first webinar explored how equity in job creation is defined – with a focus on job growth through the current expansion of infrastructure investment. Central to any definition are questions about identifying the policy outcomes and how to measure these.

Andrea Flynn, Senior Director, Insight Center, discussed current research on equity in job creation in the construction industry with Raahi Reddy, Director of Metro's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, and Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, who presented on how they have successfully positioned equity at the center of job creation initiatives in the building trades in Oregon. Labor Leader, Leah Rambo rounded out the discussion with insights from the building trades.

NYS Department of Labor Commissioner, Roberta Reardon, and U.S. Department of Labor Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, Katelyn Walker Mooney discussed the critical role state and federal leaders can play in driving equity in job creation in the construction industry forward. The webinar will close with a discussion between panelists and participants on how local and state innovations can be adapted and replicated at a larger scale to ensure a just economic recovery for everyone. 

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Learn more about the webinar series:

Equity in Focus: Job Creation for a Just Society 

A Webinar Series co-hosted by US DOL–Women’s Bureau and The Worker Institute at the ILR School, Cornell University 

This webinar series will bring together researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and advocates to share current research and praxis that address the need for a just economic recovery that reverses long-existent inequalities in job creation and access. The current crisis of inequality, made worse by the intersecting crisis of the pandemic and its impact on women and people of color, accelerates the need to envision job creation through the perspective of an equity lens.  

Unprecedented levels of public investment to spur economic recovery after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic creates an historic opportunity to dismantle structural barriers and achieve equity and inclusion in economic development through high-quality job access for women and people of color. The question this webinar series will explore is how best do we achieve this? Drawing on existing models of best-practice from around the United States, this series will show how local and state actors have successfully implemented equity and job creation.

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