Shaping the Future of Work: A Conversation about Women and Work post-COVID

Shaping the Future of Work: A Conversation about Women and Work post-COVID

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

 Shaping the Future of Work: A Conversation about Women and Work post-COVID

Join a live conversation about the exodus of women from the workplace. A virtual conversation with PBS Future of Work and the Women’s Policy Research Institute.and part of the WXXI American Graduate offerings

The events of 2020 have turned workplaces upside down. The pandemic has intensified challenges that women already face. Working mothers have always worked a “double shift”—a full day of work, followed by hours spent caring for children and doing household labor. During the COVID pandemic, the supports that made this possible—including school and childcare—suddenly disappeared. As a result of these dynamics, more than one in four women are contemplating downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely. This is an emergency for corporate America. Companies risk losing women in leadership—and future women leaders—and unwinding years of painstaking progress toward gender diversity. The crisis also represents an opportunity. If companies make significant investments in building a more flexible and empathetic workplace they can retain the employees most affected by today’s crises and nurture a culture in which women have equal opportunity to achieve their potential over the long term.

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This conversation is based on the PBS documentary series, Future of Work, which explores how the world of work—and the American Dream—is changing. This event will feature clips from the documentary’s accompanying digital series, which examines how the current economic and health crises are impacting long-term employment trends for entry-level and early career workers.

Watch  Future of Work On-Demand a three part series, which originally aired on WXXI & PBS September 1-15th. 

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About WXXI Education's American Graduate Work

WXXI has been part of the national American Graduate over a number of phases. During the past several years, WXXI has collaborated with regional partners to advance education and career readiness in the region by building awareness of career pathways to attain “good jobs.” WXXI has produced over 30 local content videos focused in-demand career sectors that require training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree to get started in the field. 

WXXI's American Graduate work emphasizes:

• Thousands of in-demand jobs that go unfilled in our region
• Accessing careers through training, apprenticeship, professional certificates,
associates programs, and on-the-job training
• Sharing inspiring stories of how people found their career pathway
in our region and how individuals can get started pursuing a career and continue to learn
• Connecting to resources to research new career options
• Local hands-on career events, industry tours, career days and job fairs
• Connecting with career counselors at educational sites and one-stop job centers and workforce resources to make connections for students

• WXXI connects schools, libraries, out of school programs, parents, youth and young adults with career exploration resources in the region that are free to all such as: 

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