Lisa Barrow, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, recently spoke at a Women Employed event that brought together women leaders to discuss the importance of postsecondary education for working women. Barrow's research focuses on the issues that affect an individual’s ability to attain a postsecondary education and the impact that has on the labor market. She discussed how women, particularly non-traditional, working adults who may have children, face additional challenges to completing college—but that ultimately, education is the key to increasing women’s earning potential and their ability to participate fully in the workplace.
Barrow’s research supports Women Employed’s strategy to improve educational success for working women. WE is working to ensure that women have the skills and tools they need to advance to good paying jobs and a better future, and is committed to fostering dialogue that will lead to solutions. This event is just one strategy to further the conversation.
As Barrow said at the event, “Fifty percent of jobs are held by women today, and helping women become more skilled and contribute more to our growing economy is valuable to all of us.”
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WE is grateful to have partners like Lisa Barrow whose work is at the forefront of driving change for workers. Learn more about our work to advance career pathways and student supports to help more women gain economic stability.
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