Welcome to CRGP!
Our mission is to increase the understanding of gender inequality and gender equity in the professions, in business, and in other demanding careers. We foster rigorous social scientific research that advances basic knowledge and supports the efforts of employers and policy makers to create more equitable and productive workplaces. We promote interdisciplinary conversations to integrate what is currently known about gender, work, and family and to assess future directions for exploration. We take into account that men's and women's professional opportunities are shaped by race, ethnicity, nationality and sexual identity as well as gender. We promote in-depth studies of particular professions as well as broader comparative research across different professions and societies. We also support the work of young scholars in order to contribute to the continuing vitality of gender research. For example, CRGP Graduate Student Affiliates in Sociology, History, and Art History have received funding from the UCSD Dean of Graduate Studies for their Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories project "Gender Inequality: Ideologies and Consequences."
An important research site for understanding how gender shapes careers is science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. CRGP affiliates Mary Blair-Loy, Jeanne Ferrante, and Erin Cech have received funding from a National Science Foundation Advance PAID-Research grant to conduct a longitudinal study about how disadvantages for women, minorities, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual faculty in STEM fields accrue over time. They analyze how individual, departmental, and disciplinary factors translate into inequalities in salaries, advancement, productivity, and sense of conflict between work and family. Their project examines how individual biases, departmental networks and climate, and disciplinary culture and demography shape careers over time. The research question is how gender and racial inequality is created, reproduced, and redressed in a top-ranked, meritocratic university, in which individuals care about ensuring fairness and transparency. The researchers have already conducted a survey of academic scientists, as well as 65 in-depth interviews with faculty members. (This grant is entitled Divergent trajectories: A longitudinal study of organizational and departmental factors leading to gender and race differences in STEM faculty advancement, pay, and persistence).
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Mary Blair-Loy, Founding Director
News and Events
Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations
A recent study by Lillian MacNell, Adam Driscoll, and Andrea N. Hunt has demonstrated that students tend to rate instructors they believe to be male more highly than those they believe to be female, regardless of their actual sex. InsideHigherEd features a summary of the experiment and findings.
Thinking Gender Graduate Conference
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women will host Thinking Gender 2015: 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference on April 23 and 24, 2015. Find more information here.
Grant Awarded for U.S./Norway Comparative Study on Gender and Work
In 2014, Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo and colleagues at the Institute for Social Research (ISF) in Oslo received funding from the Research Council of Norway for a large, multi-year project entitled, “Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Comparative Perspectives and Welfare State Challenges." Mary Blair-Loy will take the lead on a U.S. comparison for a sub-part of this project. The subproject, “Cracks in the glass ceiling? Female career patterns in the United States and Norway,” will compare women executives’ career paths in the two countries.
Little Change in the Gender Wage Gap
September 2014 Census Bureau data indicates that in 2013 full-time, year-round working women earned 78% of the pay of their male counterparts. This gender wage gap has remained consistent since 2007. Although factors such as hours worked, educational differences, and job type account for some of this pay difference, 10-40% of the gender wage gap is unexplained. The Center for American Progress recommends seven steps to reduce the gap, including raising the minimum wage, supporting pay transparency, and passing sick days legislation.
Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative
CRGP Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco's dissertation, entitled "Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison," is a multi-method analysis of the diverse ways in which gender is performed by men in prison art programs. As part of her dissertation research, Pecenco founded Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative, a visual arts program at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Her program has recently been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, as the cover story of San Diego CityBeat, and on both Midday Edition and Evening Edition of KPBS. Project PAINT has also now received funding from a partnership of the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to expand programming.