Medical Professions: The Status of Women and Men
The Center for Research on Gender in the Professions provides its own analysis of gender within the professions of medicine. This case study, co-authored by CRGP Graduate Student Affiliate Stacy Williams, Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco, and Director Mary Blair-Loy, utilizes contemporary data and historical comparisons to provide evidence for the persistence of inequality within the field today.
Gender Pay Gap among Medical Researchers
Female medical researchers earn approximately $12,000 less per year than their male colleagues. Challenging the notion that choices, such as working fewer hours or specializing in lower-paying fields, explain this persistent gender wage gap, a team of researchers, lead by Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, found that this pay gap holds even after controlling for hours, field of speciality, publications, academic rank, and leadership positions. Click here for an interview with Dr. Jagsi. The full set of findings, entitled "Gender Differences in the Salaries of Physician Researchers," is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. An article in the Huffington Post discusses the findings, noting the concern that women may not ask for raises as often as men.
Few Women Faculty at Dental Schools
New AAMC report on Women in Academic Medicine
Gendered Recommendation Letters
News and Events
Attrition of Women in SET Fields
The Center for Talent Innovation, founded by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, issued a new report showing that women are 45% more likely than their male counterparts to leave their positions in science, engineering, and technology fields within one year, despite the vast majority reporting enjoyment in and devotion to their work. Almost one-third of both male and female managers indicated that a woman would not reach the highest level in their companies. Similar results are found in other countries as well. The report points to gender bias as the culprit. Read more from The Washington Post.
TJSL Women and the Law Conference
The annual Women and the Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be held on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 8 am to 5 pm. The focus this year is on Women in the Military, with Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi serving as the Keynote Speaker and Captain Stacy Pedrozo serving as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer. The conference was created in 2001 by TJSL professors Julie Greenberg, Susan Tiefenbrun, and Susan Bisom-Rapp (also a CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate). More details, including information about registration, are available on the flyer.
Ethics and Engineering Education
The "culture of disengagement" among engineering students has the been the subject of recent work by CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Erin Cech. She conducted a survey of over 300 engineering students in 4 different university settings. Eighteen months post-graduation, students reported less concern about public welfare and social justice issues than they did as first-year students. Cech suggests that ethics considerations should be more fully integrated into STEM education to prevent such disengagement. Her results appear in both "Culture of Disengagement in Engineering Education?," in Science, Technology, & Human Values, and "Education: Embed social awareness in science curricula," in Nature.
"It's Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women - The U.S. and U.K. as Examples"
CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Susan Bisom-Rapp, of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Malcolm Sargeant, of Middlesex University Business School, use a model of Lifetime Disadvantage to analyze the plight of working women and their unequal positions at the end of their careers in their co-authored paper, "It's Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women - The U.S. and U.K. as Examples." They consider both gender-based and incremental disadvantage factors. Current regulations in both the U.S. and U.K. fail to account for these cumulative disadvantages.
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Flaunt Magazine Features Prison Creative Writing Program
A recent Flaunt magazine article highlights SDSU Professor Paul Sutton's Creative Writing Program at the Donovan Correctional Facility. CRGP Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco works with the Program as part of her broader dissertation study, which analyzes gender performance and the social construction of multiple masculinities through art creation in prison. The Flaunt article includes an introduction by Prof. Sutton, photographs, and writings by inmate participants.
Funding for the Institute of Social Research, Oslo
The Institute for Social Research, located in Oslo, Norway, where CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo serves as Senior Research Fellow, has received funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion to become the Norwegian National Center for Research on Gender Equality.
Women and the Gun Control Debate
CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Ronnee Schreiber, author of Righting Feminism: Conservative Women and American Politics, has analyzed the positions of women across the political spectrum regarding gun control. In a KPBS interview, she discussed the comments made by Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and conservative Independent Women's Forum activist Gayle Trotter. Although the two women differ on their political stances, they both utilize motherhood as the frame for their arguments.
Mary Blair-Loy's Book One of Most Cited Works in Sociology
Competing Devotions (2003), by CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy, is listed as one of the top 102 works cited in sociology between the years of 2008-2012. The list, in full here, was created by UNC Assistant Professor Neal Caren.