Women and Public Policy Program Seminar Series
Two Decades of Gender-Role Attitude Change in Europe with Mary Brinton

Two Decades of Gender-Role Attitude Change in Europe with Mary Brinton

February 29, 2016

This seminar explores the assumption of many cross-national studies that gender-role attitudes fall along a single continuum between traditional and egalitarian. Brinton analyzes over-time data from 18 European countries and identifies trajectories of attitudinal change. Brinton demonstrates that while traditional gender-role attitudes have precipitously and uniformly declined, European nations are not converging towards one dominant egalitarian model but instead are diverging across three distinct varieties of egalitarianism.
Speaker: Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Gender Inequality: A Comparative View of the Challenges Ahead with Mary Brinton and Claudia Goldin

Gender Inequality: A Comparative View of the Challenges Ahead with Mary Brinton and Claudia Goldin

November 20, 2015


Gender Inequality persists to varying degrees across post-industrial economies. The seminar introduces the new Weatherhead Initiative at Harvard to study comparative gender inequality in OECD countries and outlines some of the major scholarly and policy challenges relating to the structure of work and its articulation with the family. 

Speakers: Mary Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology; Department Chair, Department of Sociology, Harvard University and Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of the Protection Racket with Laura Sjoberg

The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of the Protection Racket with Laura Sjoberg

October 22, 2015

How have gender roles in war changed over the last century? As women have openly joined militaries and paramilitary organizations, the roles of women in service have advanced and diversified. In the United States, the Combat Exclusion Policy was recently lifted to allow women to serve in frontline combat and complete combat operations. Despite increasing numbers of countries beginning to expand the role of women in their militaries, an analysis comparing the U.S. media coverage of British girls in World War I and the #BringBackOurGirls campaign in 2014 suggests that significations of girls as wars’ innocent, hapless victims in need of men’s protection remain prominent in media outlets. This seminar revisits Sue Rae Peterson’s (1977) idea of the ‘protection racket’ to analyze the current status of women in 21st century war and conflict. Speaker: Laura Sjoberg, WAPPP Fellow; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Florida

 

What Women Want with Deborah Rhode

What Women Want with Deborah Rhode

April 2, 2015

Why is it that women still fare worse than men on virtually every major dimension of social status, financial well-being, and physical safety? Sexual violence remains common, and reproductive rights are by no means secure. Women also assume disproportionate burdens in the home and pay a price in the world outside it. Deborah Rhode, professor of law at Stanford University, reviews why these issues are not cultural priorities and what can be done to change this. Speaker: Deborah Rhode, Professor of Law, Stanford University

Feminism Triumphant and Tamed: The Politics of Knowledge in Gender and Development with Elisabeth M. Prügl

Feminism Triumphant and Tamed: The Politics of Knowledge in Gender and Development with Elisabeth M. Prügl

October 31, 2014

How can we foster and integrate feminist ideas into development conversations that take place in large international organizations? WAPPP fellow Elisabeth Prügl finds that feminist ideas have triumphed and been tamed at the same time within the World Bank. Prügl analyzes a variety of documents and interviews with gender experts to identify how these contradictory effects have taken place. Speaker: Elisabeth M Prügl, WAPPP Fellow, 2014-2015; Professor of International Relations; Director, Program for Gender and Global Change, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

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