Jess Forden is a Program Associate at the Roosevelt Institute, where she works on the 21st Century Economy and Economic Inclusion programs. Jess assists with research and projects on labor markets, modern work arrangements, and the intersection of race and gender in the economy. Prior to joining Roosevelt, Jess received her B.A. from Wellesley College where she studied economics. Previously she has held summer positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development, West Bank & Gaza where she supported the private enterprise office with local economic development projects.

Workers are increasingly powerless in today’s economy. The decades-long assault on the voice and agency of American workers continues to erode their position under employers: Declining unionization rates, the proliferation of noncompete and arbitration clauses, and outsized employer power plague labor markets today. Additionally, an increasingly fissured workplace is yet one more challenge our most

Every year during Women’s History Month, we celebrate the strides that women have made throughout history. In the fight for dignity and equity on the job, the government played a crucial—albeit imperfect—role in ensuring that women today are better off than their sisters of past generations. Yet, workplace equality remains out of reach for many.

Increased monopsony in labor markets has allowed corporations to gain outsized power over individuals, leaving workers with less agency over the choices in their lives. Labor market monopsony refers to the concentration of employers and the resulting power they have to shape labor markets to their advantage. More concentration leads to fewer employers who offer