Panel Discussion

COVID's Effect on Income Inequality with Kathryn Anne Edwards, RAND Corporation

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COVID's Effect on Income Inequality with Kathryn Anne Edwards, RAND Corporation

Did you know that 275,000 women left the workforce in January 2021 as part of a frightening pandemic trend? We are joined by RAND Corporation economist Kathryn Anne Edwards to discuss why the economic downturn has hit women harder than men and what we can do to bounce back. Kathryn Anne will be interviewed by PowerToFly's Lead of Data Operations Abigail Vachon.

Meet The Speakers

Kathryn Anne Edward
Kathryn Anne Edward

Kathryn Anne Edwards (she/her) is a labor economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research spans diverse areas of public policy, including unemployment insurance (UI); women and underrepresented minorities in STEM careers, the challenges in retirement facing older Americans; and the effect of divorce on women's earnings. Edwards completed her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin. While a student, she was a National Institute of Aging Trainee at the Center for Demography and Human Ecology and a graduate fellow of the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Abigail Vachon
Abigail Vachon

Abigail Vachon is the Lead of Data Operations at PowerToFly. She has worked with the company both to engage skilled women by pairing them with professional resources and opportunities, and to guide companies on bringing more women candidates into their open roles. Currently, she is applying her experience at PowerToFly to address data needs within the organization and ensure we're meeting and exceeding the needs of our growing community. With Ms. Vachon’s background in real estate and financial services, her professional path has focused on helping people achieve success across some of life’s fundamental responsibilities: finding the right career, finding the right home, and figuring out the “money stuff” in between.