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
News and Events
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.
Women in STEMM: Real Representations
On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, UCSD's Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GradWISE) and women from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) are hosting a screening of the documentary film Miss Representation, followed by a moderated discussion with women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine.This free event, which will be held at the Cymer Conference Center in the Structural and Materials Engineering Building at UCSD, will also have a Q&A session and a networking reception. Additional details are available here.
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.
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.