How did the recession of 2008-2012 affect the economic and employment status of African-American women? This talk will examine the impact of public policies -- both those in effect when President Obama took office and new policies implemented by his administration -- on the well being of African-American women.
Margaret C. Simms is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., where she directs the Low Income Working Families project. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, she was Vice President for Governance and Economic Analysis at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. A nationally recognized expert on the economic well-being of African Americans, Dr. Simmsâ€™ current work focuses on low-income families, with an emphasis on employment and asset building. Dr. Simms received her B.A. in Economics from Carleton College and her PhD in Economics from Stanford University.