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State of Women in the Lehigh Valley Addresses Challenges in Wages, Employment

December 2, 2019, @ 9:00 AM
Joyce Dougherty of Moravian College presents her findings from the women's recidivism study she is currently completing with Pinebrook Family Answers.
Joyce Dougherty of Moravian College presents her findings from the women’s recidivism study she is currently completing with Pinebrook Family Answers.

The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium a program of LVAIC, hosted its 8th annual State of the Lehigh Valley event on Friday, November 22, 2019 at DeSales University. Over 100 attendees gathered to learn of this year’s topic: the state of women in the region.

Topics and authors of the report include:

  • Availability of Healthcare – Michele Moser Deegan (Muhlenberg College) and Sabrina Terrizzi (Moravian College) and Rajika Reed (St. Luke’s Hospital Network)
  • Keys to Women Escaping Homelessness: A Survey of Clients of Third Street Alliance – Robert Root (Lafayette College)
  • Prison to Community Re-entry Program – Joyce Dougherty (Pinebrook Family Answers and Moravian College) and Lori VanDoren (Pinebrook Family Answers)
  • The State of Women in Lehigh Valley Politics – Mallory SoRelle (Lafayette College)
  • The History That Speaks for Itself:  Women’s Stories from the Lehigh Valley – Gail Rothberg Eisenberg and Susan Clemens Bruder (Muhlenberg College)
  • How Green is the Lehigh Valley? Gender, Earnings and the Local Economy – Ranajoy Ray-Chaudhuri (Muhlenberg College)
  • Lehigh Valley C-Suite Executives and Gender Balance – Diane Donaher (Iron Pigs Charities and Athena Award winner)

The event began with an overview of some highlights of the report. Key findings included the consistent gender pay gap across the region, the lack of female executives in the Lehigh Valley, the role of women in the post-World War II economy, and the rate of recidivism for women who fail to participate in reentry programming.

Attendees gather in a breakout session regarding gender discrimination in the workplace. In this workshop, registrants had the opportunity to work through challenges women face in their professional careers.
Attendees gather in a breakout session regarding gender discrimination in the workplace. In this workshop, registrants had the opportunity to work through challenges women face in their professional careers.

Following presentations of key findings, attendees attended breakout sessions regarding:

  • Candidate Trainings and Campaign Strategy Workshop with Mallory SoRelle of Lafayette College
  • Lehigh Valley C-Suite Executives and Gender Balance with Diane Donaher of IronPigs Charities
  • Issues Related to Gender Discrimination in the Workplace with Leah Naso of Moravian College, Megan Beste of the District Office of Congresswoman Susan Wild, and Betsy Storey-Bono of Concannon, Miller, & Co. PC

Year after year, attendees gather at this event to network, learn, and share information regarding different quality of life factors in the region. As each year focuses on a specific topic, this year’s topic also seeks to follow the theme of sharing relevant information to inform the local community.

This report highlights the goals of the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium of Research and Teaching, Community Outreach, and Community Based Information System (Data). The Lehigh Valley Research Consortium (LVRC) combines the expertise of researchers from institutions of higher education and community partners in the Lehigh Valley to examine various issues (e.g., political, economic, social, health and environmental) and solutions in a regional context.

To learn more about the event, the report, and the LVRC, visit the Lehigh Valley Research Consortium website here.

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