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Closing The Gender Wage Gap And Other Thoughts On Labor Day

September 7, 2016

In a special Labor Day edition of Under The Radar, Callie Crossley explored the history and possible solutions to the gender wage gap, how to stay employed in a volatile work environment, and why the 110-year-old Polartec factory, formerly Malden Mills, in Lawrence will be closing its doors before the end of 2016, tossing nearly 150 people out of work.

Despite decades of effort to rectify this inequity, the gender wage gap in the U.S. is still alarmingly wide. On average, women make 79 cents for every dollar a man earns, according to a 2015 studio by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Callie was joined by Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University Claudia Goldin and the Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy at the American Association of University Women Lisa Maatz to discuss the history of the wage gap and the measures that need to be taken to institute systemic change.

The Author of “The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption” Farai Chideya talked to Callie about how to attain career happiness and stability, despite automation and globalization creating an international volatile work environment.  

Robert Forrant, A Historian at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, discusses one union's fight to save a historic Lawrence brand.


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