The New Pakistani Woman in America

                               Saima Shah, The Nursing Office (Oct.2016)




WOMEN of ASIA at work


For all the economic growth across much of Asia, women there have had comparatively low rates of formal employment, especially in managerial roles. Asian women often face cultural and corporate barriers to independently-earned, sustainable livelihoods, and are often encouraged to retire after marriage. The situation across Asia, however, varies widely. The Philippines, a country ranked 114th in human development, is currently ranked by the World Economic Forum as number 5 in the world for female equality, far outpacing its closest neighbors. Conversely, Japan, a highly developed country, has a poor history of female inclusion in the labor market. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has made bringing women into the workforce integral to his economic reforms, referencing a study suggesting Japan could increase its GDP by 15% if it better used its most underutilized resource — women. Abe has stated that creating a comfortable work environment for women “...is no longer a matter of choice for Japan. It is instead a matter of the greatest urgency.”


Asia Society is pleased to welcome Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Director of UN Women, in a discussion that will review all these issues. The conversation will bring Ms. Puri and other experts together to examine what policies governments may pursue for greater inclusion of women in the professional workforce. What are the social restraints that prevent such inclusion? What roles does the private sector have to play? What are some notable accomplishments in Asia? Are there good models in Asia to be emulated?


Asia Society of New York

March 12, 2014


President Obama: "When women succeed, America succeeds."

Kay Morrison is 90 years old. And in 1943, when she worked as a journeyman welder on the assembly line at Kaiser Shipyard #2 in Richmond, California, she earned the same wage as the man working the graveyard shift alongside her.

As Kay said, "it can be the same today." And yet, on average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Earning equal pay starts with a conversation -- and that's why, this week, President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their pay.


The White House, April 11, 2014


WOMEN (We-Men) We Mean Business!
International Fil-Am Women, NYC (3/2017)