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.

President Obama's Top Advisers Mostly Male

Ten of President Obama's eleven senior advisers are men, as reported in The New York Times. Approximately 43% of President Obama's appointees have been women, which is roughly equivalent to Bill Clinton's appointees and higher than George W. Bush's 33%. Although the White House employs equal numbers of women and men, women are underrepresented in the very highest rankings of the government.

Looking Ahead to 2016

The Huffington Post has created a list of 20 women who are potential candidates for the 2016 election. The list includes many of the highest ranking women in the United States government.



Discrimination in Washington, D.C.

In "High Hurdles," an article published in the National Journal, author Fawn Johnson notes the gender discrimination that still exists in Washington, D.C. While the number of women and men who hold jobs on Capitol Hill is nearly identical, men continue to be found in the highest-ranking positions. This graph demonstrates this issue in Congress, which is especially apparent for Republicans.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Delivers Keynote Speech at APEC Conference
In her speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's Women and the Economy Summit on September 16, Secretary of State Clinton argued that it is essential to end sex discrimination in the workplace. As described in this San Francisco Chronicle article, she noted the disproportional presence of women in the lower levels of occupations and the issue of the glass ceiling. She also cited multiple studies that have found that having women in the workforce leads to increased productivity, rising per capita incomes, and higher profits.



Affiliate Recognition
Joan Williams' book, Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter, has just been published and her op-ed, "Obama and the Democrats must re-connect with working-class voters," is featured in The Washington Post.

News and Events

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 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.

Workplace Flexibility Stigma

A new study by CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Erin Cech and Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy has found that flexibility stigma among science faculty is a problem for even childless workers. The article, "Consequences of Flexibility Stigma for Academic Scientists and Engineers," reports that professionals who acknowledge the existence of a flexibility stigma in their workplaces are more likely to consider leaving their places of employment, are less satisfied with their jobs, and feel that they have a more difficult time achieving work-life balance than those who do not indicate the presence of such a stigma. Find more information on this research in Inside Higher Ed and Work in Progress, the blog of the American Sociological Association's Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section.

Understanding Change in Science and Engineering

The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD recently released a report, entitled Building the Innovation Economy? The Challenges of Defining, Creating and Maintaining the STEM Workforce, which explores why many workers are leaving this field and how they keep their skill sets current despite regular change. A downloadable copy of the report is available here.

ASA OOW Blog: Work in Progress

Work in Progress, the blog of the Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association, provides a sociological perspective on matters related to work as a complement to more mainstream accounts of the subject. The blog is written for the general public, showcasing recent sociological research in the field. Work in Progress recently featured a post with sociologists Julie Kmec, Lindsey Trimble O'Connor, and Scott Schieman, a CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate, regarding the penalties many working mothers believe they face when they adjust their work schedules after having children. Unlike the men in the sample who made similar schedule changes, these mothers report that they feel ignored and are asked to perform the least desirable tasks at their workplaces, whether they reduce or increase their work hours; the authors attribute such reactions by employers and co-workers to perceived violations of norms of "ideal workers" and of cultural expectations of mothers.

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.





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