Past Press Releases


CANCELLED For Immediate Release: March 1, 2013

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) kicks off its spring lunchtime seminar series March 14th CANCELLED with “Parental Leave Legislation and Women's Work: A Story of Unequal Opportunities,” presented by Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., senior research scientist and economist at WCW.

In this seminar, Kerr will discuss the effects of State and Federal family leave legislation on parental leave coverage and usage, with a specific focus on low-income households and other disadvantaged families. Disadvantaged families are less likely to be covered by parental leave, and even those who are covered may not be able to afford to take unpaid leave. Kerr will also explain the effects of parental leave policies on women's labor market careers for this relatively under-researched population. The analysis uses the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY 1979), and the NICHD Study of Early Child Care data.

Kerr’s research and teaching focus on the economics of labor markets, education and families. She is actively involved with the academic community in Europe and in the U.S. An active member of Helsinki Economics of Education Research Group (HEERG), a network of economists working on questions related to educational policies and outcomes, particularly in Finland, she has also served as the Scientific Secretary of the European Regional Science Association and as an international expert in the European Union Mutual Learning Panel on the Economics of Immigration.

Lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The programs are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, WCW will provide tea and coffee. To confirm program line-up, call 781 283 2500  or visit

The Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.

# # #