A conversation with Trevor Noah and Melinda French Gates

July 14, 2023

It’s not a secret that women make less money than men — in the U.S. in 2022, women earned only 82% as much as their male counterparts. When it comes to Latina women vs. non-Hispanic men, that gap widens to 54%. Aside from being exploitative, this discrepancy is bad for business. When women are undervalued, it means less talent, greater turnover and higher levels of poverty. By contrast, an economy that appreciates women’s and men’s contributions equally gains a wider range of ideas, expertise and experience.

In this discussion, comedian, writer, producer and political commentator Trevor Noah and Melinda French Gates, philanthropist and co-founder of the Gates Foundation envision a society where everyone can both contribute and benefit. With María Teresa Kumar, Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor.

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