What Happens When Working Women Can't Lean In?

May 27, 2015 | | PBS |

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In addition to making up a significant portion of the country’s workforce, women also account for slight majority of the low-wage workforce, a little more than half of the nation’s working poor, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics report “A Profile of the Working Poor, 2012.” As author Caroline Fredrickson explains in her new book “Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over,” these women are particularly vulnerable, as many of them are not protected under existing workers’ rights legislation. Fredrickson, who is also the president of the American Constitution Societyand a senior fellow at Demos, argues that before we talk about shattering the glass ceiling, we must focus on achieving equality for all the workers on the ground floor.

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