Career and Family: women's century-long journey toward equity

Hosted by the Department of Social Policy and the Department of Economic History

Online public event


Professor Claudia Goldin

Professor Claudia Goldin

Professor Jane Humphries

Professor Jane Humphries

Dr Berkay Ozcan

Dr Berkay Ozcan

Dr Iva Tasseva

Dr Iva Tasseva


Professor Lucinda Platt

Professor Lucinda Platt

Join us for this event that will take the form of an open conversation to discuss the themes of gender equity and couple equity as presented in Claudia Goldin’s book, Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey toward Equity.

Goldin's new book traces how generations of women have responded to the problem of balancing career and family as the twentieth century experienced a sea change in gender equality, revealing why true equity for dual career couples remains frustratingly out of reach. Drawing on decades of her own groundbreaking research, Goldin provides a fresh, in-depth look at the diverse experiences of college-educated women from the 1900s to today, examining the aspirations they formed—and the barriers they faced—in terms of career, job, marriage, and children; how the era of COVID-19 has severely hindered women’s advancement, yet how the growth of remote and flexible work may be the pandemic’s silver lining. Career and Family explains why we must make fundamental changes to the way we work and how we value caregiving if we are ever to achieve gender equality and couple equity.

You can order the book, Career and Family: women's century-long journey toward equity, (UK delivery only) from our official LSE Events independent book shop, Pages of Hackney.

Meet our speakers and chair

Claudia Goldin (@PikaGoldin) is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and she is a co-director of the NBER's Gender in the Economy Study Group. An economic historian and a labor economist, Claudia’s research covers a wide range of topics, including the female labor force, the gender gap in earnings, income inequality, technological change, education, and immigration.

Jane Humphries is Centennial Professor of Economic History at LSE and a Fellow of All Souls College. Her research interests focus on labour markets, industrialisation and the links between the family and the economy.

Berkay Ozcan (@BerkayOzcan_) is Associate Professor of Social Policy at LSE. Berkay is a social demographer working at the intersection between family processes (divorce, marriage and fertility) and child and economic outcomes (savings, labour supply and type) to understand social stratification.

Iva Tasseva (@IvaTasseva) is an LSE Fellow since December 2020. Her research focuses on income inequality and poverty and the redistributive effect of tax-benefit policies within specific countries and in a cross-country comparative perspective.

Lucinda Platt (@PlattLucinda) is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

More about this event

The Department of Social Policy (@LSESocialPolicy) is an internationally recognised centre of research and teaching in social and public policy. From its foundation in 1912 it has carried out cutting edge research on core social problems, and helped to develop policy solutions. Following in a long, distinguished tradition of research and teaching, the Department of Economic History uses concepts and theories from the Social Sciences as a starting point for studying the development of real economies and understanding them in their social, political and cultural contexts.

The Department of Economic History (@LSEEcHist) is concerned with economic change over time and is home to a huge breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise, ranging from the medieval period to the current century and covering every major world economy.  Within that broad field, faculty investigate such issues as why certain nations experience economic growth or fall behind, why economic inequality persists, and causes of population change and migration.

This event forms part of LSE’s Shaping the Post-COVID World initiative, a series imagining what the world could look like after the crisis, and how we get there.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEGenderEquity

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