In The Economist’s year-end review in 2009, the newspaper published a modified version of the famous Westinghouse Electric wartime propaganda poster by J. Howard Miller for its cover. That year, women exceeded men to become the majority of the American workforce.
On July 18, the National Journal will present a day-long event that intends to examine the impact of this shift in demographics. “Women 2020: How Women Are Reshaping the Economy, Politics and the World” will feature a number of powerful voices in a series of conversations on the role of women will play a decade from now.
But before the conference kicks off, let’s take a look at one of the more interesting stories surrounding women in the workplace. Last month, an essay in The Atlantic by Anne-Marie Slaughter on work-life balance created a swirl of controversy, even causing a minor dust-up between Slaughter and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, which we covered a few weeks ago.
In our Aspen Ideas Festival coverage last week, Katie Couric joined Slaughter on stage to discuss if women can truly have it all, or whether there is a real accommodation versus ambition gap in our society.