Politics

2012-2013


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.


 

2011-2012


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.


 

2010-2011


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

Empowered Women, Engaged Men Event

On Saturday, October 18, Voices of Women is hosting an event entitled "Empowered Women, Engaged Men: Working Together for Education and Equality." The panel features Sedrick Murhula Ntwali, founder of YARID (Young African Refugees for Integral Development); Dr. Jay Silverman, Director of Research at the Center on Gender Equity and Health at UC San Diego; Scott H. Silverman, founder and former Executive Director of Second Chance; and Captain Steve Wisotzki, Commanding Officer at the Center for SEAL and SWCC in the U.S. Navy. The event will be held from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the UC San Diego International House; RSVP 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 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.


 

 

 

 

 

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