2011 Spring Series: gender and the intersections of race, class and sexuality

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2011 Spring Series: gender and the intersections of race, class and sexuality

by gender news on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 4:31am

The Clayman Institute for Gender Research kicked off 2011 with a Winter Series exploring the stall in the movement toward gender equality. Measures of gender equality look pretty much as they did in the 1990s after rapid progress in the 1970s, and continuing into the 80s. As Paula England, PhD, showed in her Series talk , the revolution is not only stalled, but it is also uneven.

The Spring 2011 Series addresses the uneven nature of the stall in the gender revolution, looking at the intersections of race, class and sexuality. Our speakers will shed light on these critical areas and present workable solutions to move beyond where we are today. The Spring 2011 Series is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Feminist Studies.

Kicking off the Spring Series on April 14 is Cameron MacDonald in a talk titled, Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, and the Micropolitics of Mothering. Macdonald, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, shines a new light on an aspect of contemporary motherhood often hidden from view: the need for paid childcare by women returning to the workforce, and the complex bonds mothers forge with the “shadow mothers” they hire. Macdonald illuminates both sides of this unequal and complicated relationship by conducting in-depth interviews with professional women and childcare providers as well as immigrant and American-born nannies. The talk takes place on April 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm in Levnithal Hall. More event details here.

Next in the series is Kristen Schilt in her talk, Just One of the Guys?: Transgender Men and the Persistence of Gender Inequality. Schilt, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago will discuss her book of the same title, which analyzes workplace inequalities facing the highly understudied transgender population. "Just One of the Guys?" addresses the unequal treatment that men and women continue to receive at work by exploring the common explanations for this disparity range, from biological differences between the sexes to the conscious and unconscious biases that guide hiring and promotion decisions. The book sheds a new light on this phenomenon by analyzing the unique experiences of transgender men—people designated female at birth whose gender identity is male—on the job. This event will take place on May 12 at 4:15 pm in Levnithal Hall and is co-sponsored by the Sociology Department and Feminist Studies. The talk details are here.

Katherine W. Phillips, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, will complete our Spring Series with her talk Black Women and the Backlash Effect? Understanding the Intersection of Race and Gender. Professor Phillips is an alum of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is currently a visiting faculty member in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford GSB as well as a visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford (CASBS). Phillips' talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 4:15 pm in Levinthal Hall. More details here.

These talks will be videotaped and posted online. Read Gender News for updates when they will be available.