When the first ever female president of the Economic Policy Institute, Thea Lee, appeared on Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal, she proved that economists can be fully human and funny—and encouraging a whole flank of female economists, notably rare in this still whitest, mostly male and unfunniest realm.
“No one has it all figured out yet,” says La’Wana Harris about the word “diversity,” to which she’s devoted her career. “Some talk about diversity as inclusion, or diversity as equity, but I like to think diversity is also about belonging. Belonging is a big one.”
In Vermont, some capital is in women’s hands. Their numbers are smaller, but they are venturing into new territory with a wider purpose than fat cat profits.
Seventy-five years ago, Franklin Delano Roosevelt gathered monetary thinkers of the Allied forces—all-male, of course—to a secret meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. When Silicon Valley’s Galia Benartzi organized a Global Economic Visioning Summit to mark the anniversary, she made sure half its speakers were women.
Working at the Mariposa Food Co-op in West Philadelphia exposed Jamila Medley to a new model: No longer helping people, she’s now empowering them to create a thriving co-operative economy.
While the dot-com bubble was bouncing and bursting on Wall Street, Georgia Kelly learned about a corporation in Spain that was owned and governed by its workers. That town’s story changed her own.
What does an American city get when it works to address pay inequality?