Meredith Slopen is a Ph.D. candidate at the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her research interests include structural challenges to women’s labor force participation through the life course and the impact of labor policies on health, wellbeing, and economic security. Slopen’s dissertation focuses on the impact of state and local paid sick leave policies on the employment and health of working women and their families. She previously worked as a Research Scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene focusing on evaluation, maternal health, and health policy. She holds an Hon. B.A. from the University of Toronto and an MSW from Columbia University.