In our latest podcast episode, we highlight another talk from our 2021 Fall Symposium. Dr. Charlice Hurst spoke on an important topic, “Designing Flexible Work to Create a Just Economy for Black and Latinx Women.”
Charlice Hurst, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Dr. Hurst teaches social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Her current research focuses on how to build an equitable workplace in the context of rapid changes to the economy and workplace. She is also a co-developer of the Just Wage Framework and Tool, which consists of a set of seven criteria for determining the justness of a wage. The tool and framework are designed to encourage robust, cross-sector conversations about what truly constitutes a fair wage and how to extend fair wages to all workers.
“Flexible work and racial equity are rarely considered in the same conversation. Yet, Black and Latinx women may have more to gain (and lose) from flexible work than white women. Black and Latinx women tend to have more intense caregiving demands and to be less financially able to work reduced hours or leave the workforce. Furthermore, what makes a city a great place to live often looks different to them. There are far fewer places that offer Black and Latinx women the cultural resources, economic opportunities and sense of safety that all employees value. Finally, they are overrepresented in low-wage service roles, often performing the “essential” work that has kept the United States running through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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