Toward an Inclusive Recovery

Understanding and Empowering Women’s Economic Participation

A Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar
presented by the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and Kansas City

Register to attend live on October 21, 2021 @11 am ET

On October 21, join a research seminar that will explore issues related to women’s economic declines during the pandemic and the ability of women to participate equally in existing markets, post-recession.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic ramification has disproportionally impacted women. This so-called “she-cession” is throwing away decades of hard-won battles both in terms of gender equality and women’s economic gains. Women, particularly women of color, are more likely to work in the sectors hit hardest by economic closures, including healthcare, retail, and the informal economy. Women are more impacted by the burdens of caregiving—including caring for children and elderly parents who are now at home rather than at school or living on their own. Additionally, women entrepreneurs are also often less likely than men to have access to the loans and other financial services that help businesses weather a downturn.  

Even before the pandemic, the World Economic Forum estimated that it would take 250 years to close the economic gender gap. How can we ensure economic recovery efforts include and support women? More broadly, how do we create a more equitable economic environment that offers the tools, resources and opportunities women need to thrive? 

This seminar, presented by the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and Kansas City, will discuss how we can ensure economic recovery efforts include and support women and how we create a more equitable economic environment that offers the tools, resources, and opportunities women need to thrive. will examine these important questions related to women’s economic declines during the pandemic and their ability to participate equally in the post-recession labor market. The first panel will provide a framing of the issue, including what makes the she-cession so different from previous recessions. The second will explore ideas on how to rebuild a more inclusive economy for working women.

Featured speakers


Esther George

Esther George

President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Robert Kaplan

Robert Kaplan

President & CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Lynn Cook

Lynn Cook

Moderator Wall Street Journal

Alfreda Norman

Alfreda Norman

Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Tammy Edwards

Tammy Edwards

Senior Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Matuschka Lindo Briggs

Matuschka Lindo Briggs

Moderator Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Panel speakers


Matthias Doepke

Matthias Doepke

Northwestern University

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Michelle Holder

Michelle Holder

John Jay College 

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Betsey Stevenson

Betsey Stevenson

University of Michigan

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C. Nicole Mason

C. Nicole Mason

Moderator Institute for Women’s Policy Research 

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Elizabeth Cascio

Elizabeth Cascio

Dartmouth College

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Patricia Cortez

Patricia Cortés

Boston University 

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Kathryn Edwards

Kathryn Edwards

RAND Corporation 

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Lauren Bauer

Lauren Bauer

Moderator Brookings Institution

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Agenda


11:00-11:07 am ET

Welcome and Panel 1 opening remarks

Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Alfreda Norman, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

11:07-11:57 am ET

Panel 1: How the “she-cession” came to be

Matthias Doepke, Northwestern University 

Michelle Holder, John Jay College 

Betsey Stevenson, University of Michigan 

Moderator: C. Nicole Mason, Institute for Women’s Policy Research 

11:57 am-12:07 pm ET

Break

12:07-12:10 pm ET

Panel 2 opening remarks

Tammy Edwards, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

12:10-1:00 pm ET

Panel 2: How to create an inclusive recovery for mothers

Elizabeth Cascio, Dartmouth College 

Patricia Cortés, Boston University 

Kathryn Edwards, RAND Corporation 

Moderator: Lauren Bauer, Brookings Institution

1:00-1:30 pm ET

Presidents’ Panel

Esther George, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Robert Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Moderator: Lynn Cook, Wall Street Journal 

1:30-1:35 pm ET

Closing

Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


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About the seminar series

This seminar is part of the Federal Reserve Community Development Research Seminar Series, a forum for exploring the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the community development field. The Series expands access to high-quality research that informs stakeholders who are working to support low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color.