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Valerie Jarrett on gender parity

Rahim Kanani, a Research Associate for the Justice and Human Rights domain of practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, recently conducted an in-depth interview in the West Wing with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. They discussed the Council’s efforts on workplace flexibility, equal pay, violence against women, and the overall state of gender parity in the United States. Jarrett is an erudite, super professional person, which can make for a sometimes dry, overly polished interview. But it’s worth a read to get a sense of how this administration is actually making gender issues a priority. Loved the story of the male CEO of Campbell Soup who the White House had speak at a forum on work flexibility: he kept one of his best employees from quitting her job to have a baby by offering her more flexibility, which actually led to more productivity. We thought that kinda thing only happened in the movie “9 to 5.” An excerpt of the interview is on Huffington Post; read it in full here.

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