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Lauren Frohlich, Fellow

Lauren Frohlich is a Public Policy Fellow with the Family Economic Security and Education and Employment teams. Prior to joining the Center she analyzed and advocated for better workforce development, education, and social welfare policies. While working at American Institutes for Research, she co-authored annual reports for the National Center for Education Statistics. Lauren studied Sociology at Yale University and earned her Master's degree from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. 

My Take

African American Girls and STEM: Schools Can Do Better

Posted by Lauren Frohlich, Fellow | Posted on: September 24, 2014 at 11:24 am

These days, people talk a lot about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Promoting participation in STEM fields has been a priority of President Obama's for a while now. There’s concern that the United States is falling behind in STEM relative to our international peers. Campaigns to increase the involvement in STEM fields of women and people of color are propelled by reports like the recent one revealing the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley. But what people don't talk about as much is what happens when the factors of race and gender are combined, and how we can get more African American girls into STEM fields.

STEM fields are widely thought of as the key to future success, from a national and individual perspective. Companies need workers trained in STEM to fill thousands of vacant technical jobs as part of what has been called the “skills gap,” and these jobs tend to pay well [PDF]. To make individuals more competitive in the job market and the United States more competitive on the world stage, we need to begin with a focus on STEM education. A new report from NWLC and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund examines the challenges African American girls face in education, including the lack of adequate STEM resources in schools that African American girls are far more likely than white girls to attend, as well as stereotypes that dissuade girls from pursuing STEM.

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Underpaid, Overloaded, and Overrepresented: Findings from NWLC's New Report on Women in Low-Wage Jobs

Posted by | Posted on: July 30, 2014 at 01:15 pm

There are 20 million low-wage workers in the United States — and two-thirds of them are women. 

Unless women have a bachelor's degree, they are overrepresented in low-wage jobs. 

Even in low-wage jobs, women working full time, year round make just 87 cents for every dollar their male counterparts earn. 

These are some of the findings in National Women’s Law Center’s new report Underpaid & Overloaded: Women in Low-Wage Jobs, which analyzes the low-wage workforce (people working in jobs that pay $10.10 per hour or less). The report is full of new data, which you can also explore in our new interactive graphic and map. It also has solutions for how we can lighten the load for low-wage workers.

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Women Gain 158,000 Jobs in June and Unemployment Rate Drops, But…

Posted by Lauren Frohlich, Fellow | Posted on: July 03, 2014 at 01:43 pm

Overall, the story that came out of today’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a positive one. The economy added 288,000 jobs in June and 158,000 of those jobs (54.9 percent) went to women.

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Five Facts about Working Mothers for Mother's Equal Pay Day

Posted by | Posted on: June 06, 2014 at 03:29 pm

Hallmark doesn’t make a card to give mothers on June 12th – but they should. June 12th is Mother’s Equal Pay Day—the day that marks how far mothers have to work into this year (in addition to working all of last year) to earn as much as fathers did last year alone.

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Women’s Employment Update: Women gain 166,000 jobs in April, but a disproportionate share of jobs are in low-wage sectors

Posted by Lauren Frohlich, Fellow | Posted on: May 02, 2014 at 03:01 pm

Most of the early headlines reporting on today’s jobs numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics celebrated the “surge” in payrolls and the “plummeting” of the unemployment rate. The report does give us some reasons to be optimistic—the economy added 288,000 jobs in April and the overall unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage points to 6.3 percent—but a deeper dive into the data shows a more complex picture.

April job gains were disproportionately low-wage for women:

  • Women gained 166,000 of the 288,000 jobs added in April, while men gained 122,000 jobs.
  • Women’s gains – but not men’s – were disproportionately in low-wage sectors (specifically, retail and leisure & hospitality).  These industries accounted for more than three in every ten jobs women gained (31 percent) but only one in every ten jobs that men gained (10 percent).
  • Women accounted for 81 percent of the 63,000 jobs added in the retail and leisure & hospitality sectors.
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