What Can Universal Basic Income Do For Gender Equality?

Wed October 18th 2017, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Event Sponsor
McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, Basic Income Lab, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Women's Community Center.
Cubberley Auditorium
What Can Universal Basic Income Do For Gender Equality?

Some skeptics of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) object to the policy proposal’s component of unconditionality on the grounds of potential exploitation of net payers by net beneficiaries of a UBI. This talk argues that gender inequalities of power and resources, which are largely (but not solely), the result of women’s disproportionate responsibility for care work, must be explicitly highlighted in the argument for the unconditional component of a UBI. It further discusses how each of the components of a UBI--universality, individuality, and unconditionality--can contribute to the redistribution of assets, power, and care work that are central to reducing gender inequality. 

After her talk, Almaz will be in conversation with Myra Strober (Professor Emerita, School of Education, Stanford)

ALMAZ ZELLEKE is Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at New York University Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai she was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at The New School in New York. Her academic interests are in political theory and public policy, feminist political theory, and comparative political economy. Her articles on basic income, distributive justice, welfare policy, and feminist political theory have been published in Basic Income Studies, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Policy and Politics, Review of Social Economy, and Journal of Socio-Economics.

She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the US Basic Income Guarantee Network (USBIG) and of the International Advisory Board of the Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN). Zelleke has a PhD in Political Science from Harvard University and an AB in Politics from Princeton University.

MYRA STROBER is a labor economist and Professor Emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University.  She is also Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy).  Myra’s research and consulting focus on gender issues at the workplace, work and family, and multidisciplinarity in higher education. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, feminist economics and the teaching of economics. Myra’s most recent book is a memoir, Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) (2016). She is also co-author, with Agnes Chan, of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (1999).

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