Episode 28

Female-Friendly Jobs: the Power of Unions -- with Lorenzo Lagos


September 14th, 2022

23 mins 56 secs

Season 3

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About this Episode

In recent decades, gender-based discrimination in the workplace has become a symbol of women’s fight for equality. In parallel, the role of unions in supporting underrepresented workers has grown into an unmatched tool to address inequity and intolerance. In this episode, Lorenzo Lagos tells us about his ongoing work on the power of unions in creating more female-friendly jobs. Looking at the bargaining strategy of Brazil’s largest trade union federation, he finds that including more gender-based quotas and female-centric amenities (childcare, maternity leave, etc.) highly contributes to making workplaces more accessible to women.

Working Paper:
« Collective Bargaining for Women: How Unions Create Female-Friendly Jobs », with Viola Corradini and Garima Sharma

Most recent version (September 2022):

“The Boss of it All”, by Lars Von Trier (2006)