The Pandemic, the Shecession, and the Future of Work:  How Do We Recover and How Do We Prepare for the Future?

YWCA Northwestern Illinois will host Dr. Chandra Childers at the 42nd annual Leader Luncheon and Women of Achievement Awards on Monday, March 7, 2022. The COVID-19 crisis has exposed social and economic inequities that are threatening more than 50 years of women’s hard-fought advances in the American workforce and decimating the labor market.  The COVID-19 public health and economic crisis has sparked a national “shecession.”

Chandra Childers is a data-driven researcher who is passionate about identifying and eliminating social and economic barriers to women’s equality in the labor market, their overall economic security, and the wellbeing of their families, particularly for women of color.  Her research focus is on education, employment, earnings, job quality, worker power, and the future of work.  Some of her recent publications include Short-Term Strategies for Addressing the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women’s Workforce Participation, Building a Better Future for Women in New Orleans Post-COVID-19: Opportunities in Skilled Trade and Technical Jobs, Here to Stay:  Black, Latina, and Afro-Latina Women in the Construction Trades, and Women, Automation, and the Future of Work.  She was a member of the National Academies 2019-2020 Committee on the Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices.  She has been cited in The Nation, The Atlantic, Refinery29, and Market Watch, and has given interviews on NPR’s 1A, WOSU Public Radio, and Top of Mind with Julie Rose, among others.  She has also presented her research at various policy conferences including the annual Budget and Policy Priorities Conference, the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute Conference, and the Women in Government Conference.

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YWCA Northwestern Illinois has provided women’s empowerment programming and advocacies since 1891. The organization now serves more than 12,000 women, children, and families each month, through Child Care Solutions, Economic Empowerment, Family Advocacy Center, Healthy Families Home Visiting Program, Immigrant Services, Partner Abuse Intervention Program, and Racial & Social Justice Advocacy. YWCA Northwestern Illinois delivers its mission, “eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all,” in the six-county area of Boone, Jo Daviess, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago, Illinois.