Economist Randy Albelda to visit campus Jan. 21 to discuss gender, poverty and the recession

January 16, 2009

DEARBORN / Jan. 16, 2009---Randy Albelda, professor of economics and senior research fellow at the Center for Social Policy at University of Massachusetts in Boston, will present “Gender, Poverty and the Recession” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 1030 of the campus’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

Even before the current U.S. recession, a large percentage of woman-headed households were struggling to make ends meet, according to Suzanne Bergeron, associate professor of women’s studies and social sciences and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

“The anti-poverty policies of the 1990s promoted employment and brought many single mothers into the labor force,” Bergeron said. “However, the majority of these women were engaged in low-wage work that failed to lift their families out of poverty. Because these programs did not assure that woman-headed households met their basic needs during boom times, they are very unlikely to provide much relief for them in times of economic downturn.”

Albelda’s talk will discuss ways that Obama’s recovery package might implement labor and anti-poverty policies that could better serve low-wage women workers.

Albelda’s research and teaching covers a broad range of economic policies affecting low-income families. Her recent work includes Bridging the Gaps: A Picture of How Work Supports Works in 10 States and the co-edited volumes The Dilemmas of Lone Motherhood and Lost Ground: Poverty, Welfare Reform and Beyond.

She also is co-author of Glass Ceilings and Bottomless Pits: Women’s Work, Women’s Poverty; The War on the Poor: A Defense Manual; and Unlevel Playing Fields: Understanding Wage Inequality and Wage Discrimination.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at UM-Dearborn and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at UM-Ann Arbor.

For more information, contact Bergeron at 313-593-4591 or





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