Paid Leave Leapfrogging

Lessons from Other States and Countries

We know that the U.S. isn't Sweden, Canada, or Australia. But that doesn't preclude it from learning lessons about how nearly every other advanced economy has successfully passed and implemented policies related to paid leave and flex time -- and using those lessons to avoid previous pitfalls in designing our own paid leave infrastructure. How can these diverse experiences inform the next legislative cycle? How can we translate lessons from abroad (and from successful state efforts) into actionable strategies at the local, state and national levels of government?

Join the World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law and New America's Better Life Lab for a conversation about these global lessons, and how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men and affect their capacity to work or set up a business. Pulling from the World Bank Group's most recent Women, Business and the Law report and using the combined expertise of local, national and world experts, we'll shed a spotlight on two issues that are particularly important to encouraging women's labor force participation and entrepreneurship: paid leave and flex time. 


Anne-Marie Slaughter
President, CEO, New America 

Keynote Speaker: 

Tazeen Hasan 
Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law 


Pronita Gupta 
Acting Director, Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor 

Ariane Hegewisch 
Study Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research 

Sherry Leiwant
Co-President and Co-Founder of A Better Balance: The Work and Family Legal Center

Anu Madgavkar 
Partner, McKinsey Global Institute 

Aparna Mathur 
Resident Scholar, Economic Policy, American Enterprise Institute 


Brigid Schulte
Author, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play, When No One Has The Time