Event Information

Date & Time
March 10, 2011 -
4:15pm to 5:45pm
Oak Room, Tresidder Memorial Union
459 Lagunita Dr
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Cecilia Ridgeway - Framed by Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World


FINAL EVENT IN OUR 2011 WINTER SERIES! In an advanced society like the U.S., where an array of processes work against gender inequality, how does this inequality persist? Integrating research from sociology, social cognition and psychology, and organizational behavior, "Framed by Gender" identifies the general processes through which gender as a principle of inequality rewrites itself into new forms of social and economic organization. Cecilia Ridgeway argues that people confront uncertain circumstances with gender beliefs that are more traditional than those circumstances. They implicitly draw on the too-convenient cultural frame of gender to help organize new ways of doing things, thereby re-inscribing trailing gender stereotypes into the new activities, procedures, and forms of organization. This dynamic does not make equality unattainable, but suggests a constant struggle with uneven results. Professor Ridgeway's book will be available for sale at the event. This event will be videoed and made available for viewing at a later date.


  • Cecilia Ridgeway headshot
    • Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences
    • Professor, by courtesy, School of Education
    Cecilia L. Ridgeway is the Lucie Stern Professor of Social Sciences in the Sociology Department at Stanford University. She is particularly interested in the role that social hierarchies in everyday social relations play in the larger processes of stratification and inequality in a society. Recent projects include empirical tests and further developments of status construction theory, which is a theory about the power of...