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Drawing out connections across oceans


Too often, conversations about women’s issue that take place stateside are separated into two distinct camps—those that affect people in the United States, and those that affect people in every other country on the planet (as if it were still Pangea!). Of course context matters, but part of what excited us so much about the…

What progress have we actually made? A pie chart experiment


Last night's dynamic panel was swimming around in my head as I fell asleep. Then, I woke up with this pie chart in my head. How much progress have we actually made?       

What would a #womenforward syllabus look like?


Tonight at the kick-off for our first Forum on Women and Girls, Melissa Harris-Perry, the consummate professor said: “I believe everything is a curriculum problem.” We thought we’d take her lead and offer a list of great readings to follow up on just a few of the many questions that were raised during our wide-ranging,…

#WomenForward Kicks Off: Best Quotes and Questions


The Aspen Institute just kicked off its first-ever Forum on Women and Girls, and what a night. The first panel of the forum, The State of Play: Women’s Rights and Economic Justice, brought a lot of engaging conversation and heat to the room, between discussions about work and choice (or a lack thereof) to questions around…

Work It: 2Gen Strategies for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Lessons and Innovations from the 2Gen Field The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was created to provide state and local areas the flexibility to collaborate across systems and better address the employment and skills needs of employees, jobseekers, and employers. How can leaders use WIOA to create partnerships for two-generational success in states and…

My Past, My Present, My Future


Parent Voices Blog Series Ascend at the Aspen Institute is committed to raising the voices of families to inform two-generation approaches in practice, policy, research, and philanthropy. At the 2015 Aspen ThinkXChange, 20 parents nominated by Ascend Network partners participated in the plenaries, break-out sessions, and activities, acting as both experts on topics like social…