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
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.