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The Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalled

In her recent talk, sociology Professor Paula England pointed out that since the 1970s women have increasingly majored in previously male-dominated fields like business, marketing, and accounting. Yet, there has been little increase in men majoring in traditionally female fields like English, education, and sociology.

The new F-word

English professor, Michele Elam, noticed very few of her students felt comfortable using the word feminism, and still fewer identified themselves as feminists. In her talk, “The New F Word (Feminism) and Beyond: Gender, Race, and other Classroom Unspeakables,” Elam argues for moving these topics into “teachables” and shows how race and gender function as critical intellectual tools for social and literary analysis.

The cost of choosing motherhood

Motherhood costs working women about a five percent per child wage penalty. This “motherhood penalty” in the American job market is well documented. Not only do mothers earn less than similarly-qualified women without children, but they also face discrimination in hiring and promotion. What is less clear is under what circumstances mothers face these kinds of penalties in the first place. Could part of the explanation be connected to the belief that motherhood is a choice women make?

Negative+Math+Stereotypes=Too few women

Women earned only 18% of all Computer Science degrees and made up less than 25% of the workers in engineering- and computer-related fields in 2009. These statistics stand in stark contrast to the gains they have achieved in law, medicine, and other areas of the workforce. While this dearth of women in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields is often attributed to lack of innate ability or desire on the part of women, the director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford, sociology professor Shelley Correll, sees this explanation as incomplete. And she offers a competing one: stereotypes

The persistence of the no-problem problem

In 1990, Professor Deborah L. Rhode identified what she called the “No-Problem Problem.” Despite the persistent issues of sexual violence, political and economic inequality, work force segregation, and inequitable division of household labor, the gender revolution seemed to be stuck and activism on women’s issues was tepid. Rhode believed the problem was a lack of public awareness about the extent of gender inequality–a belief that women were moving up, barriers were breaking down, and justice was just around the corner.

Feminism, not dead again

Katha Pollitt, the award-winning writer for The Nation, is one of the most popular and widely read feminist pundits in the country. Pollitt will speak at Stanford on February 23, 2011 in a talk titled, “What Do You Mean I’m Not Equal Yet? Women in the 21st Century.” Her talk will touch upon a variety of issues from the status of women to the continuing importance of feminism to women of all ages.

Reflections on teaching. Insights into feminism.

In 1980, four years after she arrived on campus as an assistant professor, Estelle B. Freedman co-founded Stanford’s Program in Feminist Studies. At the “Beyond the Stalled Revolution” a panel event, Freedman reflected on her years as a professor, particularly her experience teaching, “Introduction to Feminist Studies.” By examining the issues that have engaged her students over the decades, Freedman traced the history of the feminist movement and made recommendations for the future.

Raising more hell and fewer dahlias

For the past twenty years, scholars have referred to a "stall" in the movement toward gender equality. Across a myriad of fields, measures of equality have remained relatively constant since the mid-1990s. Four renowned gender researchers quantified the enormous gains made in the thirty-five years since the Clayman Institute's founding, offered recommendations for what needs to be done today, and issued predictions for what the next thirty-five years will bring.

Celebrating 2011 with the winter series: Moving Beyond the Stalled Revolution

Join us in celebrating the new year with the Winter 2011 Series: Moving Beyond the Stalled Revolution. This series will provide new insights into the barriers to women's advancement and propose novel and workable solutions to advancing gender equality.

Moving beyond macho

Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law and Founder/Director, Center for WorkLife Law at Hastings College of the Law, points to dated masculine conventions that dominate the workplace as a major barrier to both women and men. Encouraging men to break from these roles, she argues, will do much to advance both work-life balance and gender equality.

Shelley J. Correll to lead Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Shelley J. Correll, Associate Professor of Sociology, has been appointed as the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University. Correll brings research expertise, leadership experience, and a passion for change to the Institute.