Meeting Archive:
Women and Economic Recovery: Investing in Child Care

Meeting Description:

Join us for our third webinar on pathways to greater economic security for women and their families.  In presenting this webinar series, we aim to stimulate research ideas, identify areas for partnerships among researchers and members of the policy and advocacy community, and set an agenda towards greater social investments for low-income women and their families.


C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Women of Color Policy Network at NYU Wagner


Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst with the National Women's Law Center


Shyama Venkateswar, Director of Research and Programs at NCRW (moderator)

Nicole Mason and Karen Schulman will share research findings and advocacy efforts on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s funding allocations for child care and their impact on the economic security of women and their families.

Date: Wed, Jan 19, 2011
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Kyla Bender-Baird
 Presenter Information
C. Nicole Mason
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New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public and has worked in advocacy and public education at the local, state, and national levels with a special focus on women and underserved communities. For the last 14 years, her work has centered on building women’s economic security, reproductive rights, civic engagement, youth development and education, welfare reform, and health policy reform. She continues to investigate the intersections of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and other markers of difference and their impact on rights and public policy outcomes.  Before coming to the Network, Nicole served as the Director of Research and Policy Initiatives at the National Council for Research on Women where she is currently a Senior Research Fellow. She is also the Founder and former Executive Director of the National Women's Alliance, a multi-issue human rights organization focused on the needs and concerns of women and girls of color based in Washington, D.C.

Karen Schulman

Karen Schulman is a Senior Policy Analyst at the NWLC.  She conducts research, provides budgetary and policy analysis, and co-authors reports on child care and early education issues.  She is co-author of an annual report on state child care assistance policies, State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010: New Federal Funds Help States Weather the Storm.  She has also co-authored the reports, Supporting State Child Care Efforts with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funds and A Center Piece of the Child Care Puzzle: Providing State Prekindergarten in Child Care Centers.  Prior to joining NWLC, she worked at the Children’s Defense Fund for six years, where she researched and wrote several studies on early care and education, including Seeds of Success, a major prekindergarten study, and A Fragile Foundation, a comprehensive study of state child care subsidy systems.  She has a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Williams College.

Shyama Venkateswar

Shyama Venkateswar, Director of Research & Programs at NCRW, helps to provide vision and strategic direction, as well as lead funding and outreach efforts, for the Council’s research and policy agenda on economic security for women, diversity in the corporate arena, global violence against women, and women’s leadership. She works closely with the Council’s 120 Member Centers and Corporate Circle to initiate collaborative projects, organize convenings and generate thought leadership. Her expertise lies in human rights, social justice, peace and conflict. She has given talks at the US Capitol, Columbia University, the Women’s Foreign Policy Group, the Population Council and corporate venues. Her commentaries have appeared in AlterNet, The Miami Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Asia Times, The Indian Express, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Dr. Venkateswar received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Columbia University and is a graduate of Smith College.