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Why women won

Hosted by the Department of Economics and Economica

In-person and online public event (Old Theatre, Old Building)

Speaker

Professor Claudia Goldin

Professor Claudia Goldin

Chair

Professor Francesco Caselli

Professor Francesco Caselli

Join us for the first of two Economica-Coase lectures this year which will be delivered by Claudia Goldin, 2023 Nobel Prize in Economics winner.

How, when, and why did women in the US obtain legal rights equal to men’s regarding the workplace, marriage, family, Social Security, criminal justice, credit markets, and other parts of the economy and society, decades after they gained the right to vote?

The story begins with the civil rights movement and the somewhat fortuitous nature of the early and key women’s rights legislation. The women’s movement then formed to press for further rights. Of the 155 critical moments in women’s rights history from 1905 to 2023, 45% occur between 1963 and 1973. The greatly increased employment of women, the formation of women’s rights associations, and the unstinting efforts of various members of Congress were behind the advances. But women became splintered far more than did men. A substantial group of women emerged in the 1970s to oppose various rights for women, just as they did during the suffrage movement. They remain a powerful force today.

Meet our speaker and chair

Claudia Goldin is the Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University and holds the Lee and Ezpeleta Professorship of Arts & Sciences at Harvard University. She was the director of the NBER’s Development of the American Economy program from 1989 to 2017 and is a co-director of the NBER's Gender in the Economy group. Goldin was awarded the 2023 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel “for having advanced our understanding of women’s labour market outcomes.”

Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at LSE.

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