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Challenging the Gender Pay Gap

March 12 @ 6:30 pm


cordially invite you to a


Discussion and Reception



  Birte Meier

Journalist for ZDF

and Fellow at the Thomas Mann House


Patricia Shiu

Former Director of the Office of

Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor



“Challenging the Gender Pay Gap”


Thursday, March 12, 2020

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


1014 Fifth Avenue

(Between 82nd and 83rd Streets)

New York City


Registration is required in order to attend. Register here.


Join the former Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs under President Obama Patricia Shiu and German investigative journalist Birte Meier for a dialogue on equal-pay efforts in the United States and Europe. Coinciding with a session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the American Council on Germany, 1014 Inc., and the Thomas Mann House will present an evening discussion that elaborates on the current situation of gender equality from a transatlantic perspective. What are the ways forward to close the gender pay gap? What are the best practices and where have policymakers recently failed? Why has it been so hard to put regulatory policies into place that would help close the gap?


Birte Meier (2009 ACG Kellen Fellow) studied at the FU Berlin, the University of Chicago, and the University of the Arts Berlin and holds a master’s degree in North American studies, modern history, and journalism. Since 2007, she has been a Frontal21 editor, producing investigative economic stories and profound political contributions – primarily on digitalization, globalization, and the transformation of the market economy and democracy. She is a currently a Fellow at the Thomas Mann House in Los Angeles, where she is researching equal pay in California and what Germany can learn from it.


Patricia Shiu is a consultant on diversity and inclusion policies that reflect an organization’s mission, culture, and brand. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Ms. Shiu served as the Director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) at the Department of Labor (DOL) in Washington, DC, from 2009 to 2016. OFCCP enforces laws that prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status. OFCCP regulates the federal contractor community that employs approximately 20 percent of the American workforce. Ms. Shiu served on the White House National Equal Pay Task Force. She rescinded OFCCP’s outdated pay discrimination guidelines, replacing them with a directive that comports with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She also served as a member of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


March 12
6:30 pm
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