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STEM Creative Zine

The UCSD Women's Center held a call for submissions reflective of the experiences of women in STEM for their Creative Zine. They looked for sketches, poetry or prose, cartoons, comics, and anecdotes, due March 6, 2015.


Workplace Flexibility Stigma

A new study by CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Erin Cech and Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy has found that flexibility stigma among science faculty is a problem for even childless workers. The article, "Consequences of Flexibility Stigma for Academic Scientists and Engineers," reports that professionals who acknowledge the existence of a flexibility stigma in their workplaces are more likely to consider leaving their places of employment, are less satisfied with their jobs, and feel that they have a more difficult time achieving work-life balance than those who do not indicate the presence of such a stigma. Find more information on this research in Inside Higher Ed and Work in Progress, the blog of the American Sociological Association's Organizations, Occupations, and Work Section.

ASA OOW Blog: Work in Progress

Work in Progress, the blog of the Organizations, Occupations, and Work section of the American Sociological Association, provides a sociological perspective on matters related to work as a complement to more mainstream accounts of the subject. The blog is written for the general public, showcasing recent sociological research in the field. Work in Progress recently featured a post with sociologists Julie KmecLindsey Trimble O'Connor, and Scott Schieman, a CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate, regarding the penalties many working mothers believe they face when they adjust their work schedules after having children. Unlike the men in the sample who made similar schedule changes, these mothers report that they feel ignored and are asked to perform the least desirable tasks at their workplaces, whether they reduce or increase their work hours; the authors attribute such reactions by employers and co-workers to perceived violations of norms of "ideal workers" and of cultural expectations of mothers.

The Persistence of Male Power and Prestige in the Professions: Report on the Professions of Law, Medicine, and Science & Engineering

Gender inequality maintains a tenacious grip on the American workplace. Post-recession, men continue to be more likely than women to retain the lion’s share of power. This holds true even within the professions requiring the most education, where some might imagine the potential for parity would be greatest. This social scientific report and set of three case studies from the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions show that, among those at the pinnacle of power, women still lag behind men.

See Our Report:
The Persistence of Male Power and Prestige in the Professions

Individual Case Studies:

Legal Professions: The Status of Women and Men

Medical Professions: The Status of Women and Men

Science and Engineering Professions: The Status of Women and Men

Media Coverage of the Report

The Report has received attention from numerous news sources, such as the Huffington PostWBUR Radio Boston, and KPBS. The press release is available from the UCSD News Center. Find a complete listing of the coverage here (PDF).

The Decline of Men? Not So Fast! Links

Recent media reports sensationalize the gains women have made in the labor force, while exaggerating the difficulties men are facing. We have listed the writings by the loudest voices here (PDF).

Understanding Change in Science and Engineering

The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD released a report, entitled Building the Innovation Economy? The Challenges of Defining, Creating and Maintaining the STEM Workforce, which explores why many workers are leaving this field and how they keep their skill sets current despite regular change. 

Ethics and Engineering Education

The "culture of disengagement" among engineering students has the been the subject of recent work by CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Erin Cech. She conducted a survey of over 300 engineering students in 4 different university settings. Eighteen months post-graduation, students reported less concern about public welfare and social justice issues than they did as first-year students. Cech suggests that ethics considerations should be more fully integrated into STEM education to prevent such disengagement. Her results appear in both "Culture of Disengagement in Engineering Education?," in Science, Technology, & Human Values, and "Education: Embed social awareness in science curricula,"in Nature.

Attrition of Women in SET Fields

The Center for Talent Innovation, founded by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett, issued a report showing that women are 45% more likely than their male counterparts to leave their positions in science, engineering, and technology fields within one year, despite the vast majority reporting enjoyment in and devotion to their work. Almost one-third of both male and female managers indicated that a woman would not reach the highest level in their companies. Similar results are found in other countries as well. The report points to gender bias as the culprit. Read more from The Washington Post.

CRGP Newsletter

View our Spring 2013 newsletter for an update on our 2013 activities.

Flaunt Magazine Features Prison Creative Writing Program

A recent Flaunt magazine article highlights SDSU Professor Paul Sutton's Creative Writing Program at the Donovan Correctional Facility. CRGP Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco works with the Program as part of her broader dissertation study, which analyzes gender performance and the social construction of multiple masculinities through art creation in prison. The Flaunt article includes an introduction by Prof. Sutton, photographs, and writings by inmate participants.

Funding for the Institute of Social Research, Oslo

The Institute for Social Research, located in Oslo, Norway, where CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo serves as Senior Research Fellow, received funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion to become the Norwegian National Center for Research on Gender Equality.

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.

Mary Blair-Loy's Book One of Most Cited Works in Sociology

Competing Devotions (2003), by CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy, was listed as one of the top 102 works cited in sociology between the years of 2008-2012. The list was created by UNC Assistant Professor Neal Caren.


New Research by Erin Cech and Mary Blair-Loy

A new issue of Gender News, published by Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research, cites CRGP Affiliate Erin Cech and Director Mary Blair-Loy's new research about high-powered women's beliefs in the glass ceiling. Cech and Blair-Loy find that women recognize glass ceilings when they are exposed to work-family balance issues (such as working long hours, being the family breadwinner, and having very young children) themselves. Women tend to not recognize glass celings when they have advanced business degrees, are married, and hold the highest positions in their organization. Whether organizational leaders believe success is affected by personal achievement or organizational factors may impact whether they implement policies in their workplaces designed to help employees overcome structural barriers.

New Theoretical Perspectives on the Nordic Model of Work-Family Reconciliations

Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy and Executive Advisory Board member Kathleen Gerson are participating in a basic research project sponsored by the Norweigian Research Council, providing international and theoretical perspectives on the Nordic model of work-family reconciliations. The project team consists of Professors Elin Kvande and Berit Brandth, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo and Mari Teigen of the Institute for Social Research, Oslo.

Mary Blair-Loy Elected to ASA

CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy has been elected the Chair-Elect of the Organizations, Occupations and Work section of the American Sociological Association for the 2012-2013 year. Professor Erin Kelly, of the University of Minnesota, will serve as Chair.


Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratories Project Funded

CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy, Senior Academic Affiliate Rebecca Plant, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity Jeanne Ferrante, along with graduate students Erica Bender, Kate Flach, Emily Goodman, Melissann Herron, and Stacy Williams, have received support from the Dean of Graduate Studies for their Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Collaboratoriesprogram proposal "Gender Inequality: Ideologies and Consequences."

The Myth of the Ideal Worker

CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy and Senior Academic Affiliate Joan Williams discuss their recent research on the contemporary workforce in "The myth of the ideal worker: new workforce, outdated workplace," by Lauren Aguilar. Blair-Loy notes that the work devotion schema practiced by those in the highest positions in the organizational hierarchy reinforces the concept of the ideal worker and encourages very strict standards throughout the entire workplace, even though nearly half of married American couples live in dual-earner households. Williams argues that "flexibility stigma" explains employees' general lack of usage of available flexible workplace policies. This collaboration is part of a working group spanning multiple universities created by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Williams, Blair-Loy, and Jennifer Berdahl are the authors of "The Flexibility Stigma," which will be featured in the Journal of Social Issues special issue on flexibility bias.

CRGP Affiliate Erin Cech Discusses Study of Alternative Work Policy

In "Better for profits, Better for workers: Results-Only Work Environments," Erin Cech, Postodoctoral Fellow at Stanford University'sClayman Institute for Gender Research, discusses the findings of a study conducted by sociologists Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen. Kelly and Moen examined the implementation of "ROWE" (results-only work environment) arrangements in Best Buy's corporate headquarters, finding that it reduced turnover costs by nearly 50%. The idea behind the policy is that it does not matter where or how the work gets done, as long as it is completed on time. ROWE policies help all workers by providing them with more flexibility, but have the potential to especially help women, who often face the most conflict in balancing work and family life. For more into read the full article.

Mary Blair-Loy Featured in Time Magazine

CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy was quoted on the topics of high-status stress and work devotion in TimeMagazine's March 12, 2012 cover story entitled "10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life." Author Judith Warner writes, "The very trappings of success can make life harder if you're the sort of driven, work-devoted person that high-status individuals tend to be. Take being able to set your own hours or work from home on occasion: it can be a dream for many but a nightmare for the hard chargers who feel compelled to answer every single e-mail, text or phone message, no matter when it comes or where they happen to be, says Mary Blair-Loy, founding director of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions at the University of California at San Diego, who is currently researching workaholic men..." Professor Blair-Loy is also directly quoted regarding the "micro-impression management activities" that have become virtual requirements for those with high-status occupations. Portable version of the article is available here (PDF).

ASR Publishes Article by Erin Cech and Colleagues

Erin Cech, CRGP affiliate, UCSD graduate, and postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, is first author of the article "Professional Role Confidence and Gendered Persistence in Engineering," co-authored by Brian Rubineau, Susan Silbey, and Caroll Seron. The article appears in the October issue of the American Sociological Review. In it, they introduce the concept of "professional role confidence" and find that women's relative lack of such confidence explains their attrition from college engineering programs.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Addresses Gender Equality with CRGP Affiliate Joan Williams

In an interview on September 15 with UC Hastings School of Law Professor and CRGP affiliate Joan Williams, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg touched on multiple facets of gender inequality in the U.S. She described her own personal experiences, noting societal expectations placed upon her as a mother but not on her husband as a father. Discussing her advocacy for gender equality during the 1970s, before joining the Supreme Court, she credited the Women's Rights Project and the ACLU for emphasizing the importance of educating the public and pushing for legislative change. Ginsburg also noted her dissenting opinion in the recent class-action lawsuit brought by 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees, holding that women should be defined as a "class" and that discrimination based on sex had indeed occurred.


Mary Blair-Loy's Article Receives Recognition

Mary Blair-Loy’s article, “Work Without End? Scheduling Flexibility and Work-to-Family Conflict among Stockbrokers” (2009 Work and Occupations 36: 279-317), was a finalist for the 2010 Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The award recognizes articles that are considered to be the best social scientific research in the area of work and family published during a calendar year. Out of the 2500 work-family articles considered internationally, there were only 6 finalists. 

Her article finds that stockbrokers in firms offering scheduling flexibility feel more conflict between their work and family responsibilities than do stockbrokers in firms with rigid scheduling. This finding suggests that popular thought, which assumes that scheduling flexibility is beneficial to workers and their families, does not apply to jobs with intense client demands and marketplace pressure around the clock. 

This research was funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in a grant to Drs. Blair-Loy and Jerry A. Jacobs.

The article can be found here (PDF).

Women College Presidents on Corporate Boards of Directors

A number of women college presidents have recently been asked to become members of corporate boards of directors. However, women are still underrepresented on these boards, as discussed in this Women In Academia Report.

New Research Findings on Women and Team Collective Intelligence

Professors Anita Woolley (Carnegie Mellon) and Thomas Malone (MIT Sloan School of Management) have conducted a study with three colleagues, finding that increasing the number of women on a team also increases its collective intelligence level. They discuss their study in an interview in Harvard Business Review.

New IWPR Reports on the Gender Wage Gap

The Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) released two new reports: The Gender Wage Gap: 2010 and The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation.

New AAMC report on Women in Academic Medicine

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) released the 2009-10 edition of “Women in U.S. Academic Medicine: Statistics and Benchmarking Report.” This year’s report presents new data on women appointed to temporary leadership, part-time faculty, instructor, and volunteer instructor positions.

Myths about the Gender Wage Gap

In recent Washington Post and Ms. Magazine articles, Mariko Chang challenges popular myths about the gender wage gap: (1) that it is the result of women’s choices, (2) that it is a relic of the past, (3) that the economic recession favored women, and (4) that the wage gap only affects women. (See Chang’s book, Shortchanged: Why Women have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done about It, Oxford, 2010).

Director Blair-Loy cited in Sunday Boston Globe article

The article entitled "The Bad Mother Complex" appeared on March 13, 2011.

Work and Family Researchers Network

Inaugural Conference, June 14-16, 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. The Work and Family Researchers Network, formerly the Sloan Work and Family Research Network, is directed by Jerry Jacobs and Judi Casey.

MIT's Second Study on the Status of Women

NYT and Inside Higher Ed articles report on a follow-up study to MIT's original landmark report. The study finds that while MIT has made substantial progress in recruiting women, these gains are accompanied by the perception that women are given an unfair advantage.

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.

Stigmatized Paternity Leave in Law

Center affiliate Joan Williams is quoted in an ABA Journal article discussing a lawsuit filed by a male lawyer who claims his firm retaliated against him for taking paternal leave.

Flex Time Successes in Accounting

NYT article on the accounting industry reports that accounting firms that are respectful of employees' work-life balance are excelling at retaining employees.

Importance of Underrepresented Minorities in Science

A new National Academies report says that U.S. science and engineering must involve underrepresented minorities in order for the nation to keep its competitive edge

Informal Codes Hinder Women’s Careers in Construction Companies

A NYT article reports that, in one global engineering construction company, men demanded more responsibility with less training and aggressively worked informal codes of advancement, while women hung back.

The Legal Practice and Parenting

Attorney Frank Kimball discusses the challenges in balancing parenthood and a legal career in a three-part series on the website "Ms. JD."

Gendered Recommendation Letters

An NSF-funded study out of Rice University shows that qualities mentioned in recommendation letters for women differ from those mentioned for men—differences that may cost women jobs and promotions in academia and medicine. For a description of Martin, Hebl and Madera's study, "Gender and Letters of Recommendation for Academia: Agentic and Communal Differences", see this article.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Promotion of Professors

A recent MIT study found "uneven" promotion of black, Latino and Native American professors and higher levels of separation. A summary of the study from Inside Higher Ed can be found on this website.

Family Pressures Lead to Leaky Pipelines

A UC Berkeley report entitled Keeping Women in the Science Pipeline finds that married women scientists with children are 35% less likely to enter a tenure-track position post-Ph.D. than similar men, and are 28% less likely than women without children to achieve tenure. This report was featured in a NY Times article.

Gender Differences in Academic Scientists' Participation in Commercial Science

Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan researchers find that male professors receive more opportunities to join scientific advisory boards and start new companies than their female peers. These results are due, in part, to gendered co-authorship networks.   


"Equity for Women--Still"

History professor Linda Kerber discusses women's continued social inequity in a recent article in the Chronicle Review, pointing to changes in workplace policies and cultural beliefs key pathways to greater equality.

News on Women-Owned Tech Firms

According to a New York Times story "Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley," women own 40 percent of the private businesses in the U.S. but only 8 percent of the new venture capital supported technology firms.

News on Women Supreme Court Justices

Lisa Belkin writes in the New York Times Magazine on how different structures of opportunity may have shaped the career and family choices of four women Supreme Court justices and nominees from different generations.


Gender Wage Gap narrows slightly; women's earnings are becoming increasingly important to U.S. families.



Presentation to SAWA

Presentation to SAWA, a group supporting the professional development of women faculty and medical residents in the Dept. of Anesthesiology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine by Mary Blair-Loy, entitled “Brilliant or Bossy:  Role of Implicit Bias and Gender Schemas in Evaluating Academic Faculty” (January 21, 2016).

Summer Internship Program: The Glass Ceiling

This summer research project includes undergraduate research interns from the STARS Summer Program at UCSD and the The UCSD UC Scholars Program. We study whether companies with more women on corporate boards also have more women in executive position. Our work, part of a comparative project with Norway, is funded by the Norwegian Research Council. For detailed information, please visit the events page.

This research is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and directed by Sigtona Halrynjo (Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway), and Mary Blair-Loy (UCSD). The UCSD team at the Center for Research on Gender in STEMM also includes Catherine Crowder, Jenny Woo, and Janette Govea.


Campus Climate Change for Women in STEMM

On March 10, 2015, UCSD hosted "Campus Climate Change for Women in STEMM" as part of the Women's Conference. The session was from 10:10-11:50 am in Price Center West Ballrooms A/B. Please see the flyer for additional details.

WISE/Grad WISE 2015 Open House

UC San Diego's Women in Science & Engineering and Graduate Women in Science & Engineering hosted their 2015 Open House on Tuesday, January 20, from 4:00-5:30 pm, in the Forum Room in Price Center East. Dr. Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSD, was the keynote speaker. Please see the flyer for additional details.

The Homemaker Mystique

New America presented The Homemaker Mystique, a panel on work-life balance featuring Cat Cora, Chef, Restauranteur, and TV Personality; Frederick Goodall, Founder and Contributor,; Sarah Bowen, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; and Liza Mundy, Director, Breadwinning and Caregiving, New America. The event was held on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at the NPR Building in Washington, D.C.

Empowered Women, Engaged Men Event

On Saturday, October 18, Voices of Women hosted an event entitled "Empowered Women, Engaged Men: Working Together for Education and Equality." The panel featured 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 was held from 9:00 am-12:00 pm at the UC San Diego International House.

"It's Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women - The U.S. and U.K. as Examples"

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Susan Bisom-Rapp, of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, presented a talk entitled "It's Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women - The U.S. and U.K. as Examples," based on an article (Elder Law Journal, forthcoming) she co-authored with Malcolm Sargeant, of Middlesex University Business School. They use a model of Lifetime Disadvantage to analyze the plight of working women and their unequal positions at the end of their careers, considering both gender-based and incremental disadvantage factors. Current regulations in both the U.S. and U.K. fail to account for these cumulative disadvantages. CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Kate Antonovics, of the UCSD Economics Department, served as a discussant for the event. This talk provided an interesting backdrop for thinking about the 50th anniversary of Title VII. It was held from 2:00-3:30 pm in Room 107 of UCSD's Social Sciences Building. Additional details are available on the Speaker Series page.

UC San Diego Women's Conference

The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women presented the 6th Annual UC San Diego Women's Conference, which was held on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The event, entitled "(Re)Defining the UC San Diego Woman," took place from 8:15 am to 2:00 pm in the Price Center West Ballroom. It featured networking opportunities, informative workshops, and guest speakers throughout the day. UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine Managing Director Lauray MacElhern and Research Director and Preventive Medicine Physician Medical Director Dr. Gordon Saxe were the keynote speakers. Find more information for the event on the website and Facebook page.

Gender Beyond Boundaries: The Second Annual UCSD Graduate Conference for Gender Research

The UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratory on Gender Inequality presented its second annual Gender Beyond Boundaries graduate student conference on Friday, April 18, 2014. The conference brought together graduate students throughout California who conduct research related to gender meanings, inequalities, and issues in a variety of disciplines. It was held in UCSD's Social Sciences Building. View the flyer for additional details.


"Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Medicine"

CRGP Director Mary Blair-Loy spoke on “Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Medicine” at the Women in Interventional Radiology Luncheon at the Society of Interventional Radiology 39th Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego on March 24, 2014. 

Women in STEMM: Real Representations

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, UCSD's Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GradWISE) and women from the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) hosted a screening of the documentary film Miss Representation, followed by a moderated discussion with women in science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine. This free event, which was held at the Cymer Conference Center in the Structural and Materials Engineering Building at UCSD, also had a Q&A session and a networking reception. 

Race, Labor, and the Law Conference

The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment presented the Race, Labor, and the Law Conference on February 28 and March 1, 2014. The event was held at the Charles E. Young Research Library at UCLA. The keynote speeches were given by Professors Ruben Garcia, a CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate, and Ian F. Haney-Lopez. Please see the flyer for additional details.

TJSL Women and the Law Conference

The annual Women and the Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law was held on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 8 am to 5 pm. The focus of the conference was on Women in the Military, with Vice Admiral Nanette DeRenzi serving as the Keynote Speaker and Captain Stacy Pedrozo serving as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer. The conference was created in 2001 by TJSL professors Julie Greenberg, Susan Tiefenbrun, and Susan Bisom-Rapp (also a CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate). More details are available on the flyer.


On Friday, October 25, 2013, the UC ADVANCE PAID Roundtable "The Role of Contributions to Diversity in Faculty Hiring and Academic Review" was held. CRGP Founding Director Mary Blair-Loy, Executive Advisory Board memberJeanne Ferrante, and Senior Academic Affiliate Joan Williams presented at the roundtable. UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla provided the keynote address. The full day's schedule can be found here (PDF).


Gender in STEMM Professions Workshop

UCSD GradWISE sponsored the Gender in STEMM Professions Workshop, which was held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 pm in Bonner Hall Room 2130 at UCSD. CRGP Director Mary Blair-Loy began the event by delivering the keynote speech, which provided a framework of the obstacles women in STEMM face as they attempt to advance and become leaders in their fields. This lecture was immediately followed by interactive tasks with participants to train leadership skills for navigating the aforementioned obstacles, facilitated by a member of the UCSD Center for Communication and Leadership. Please see the flyer for additional details.

UCSD Women's Conference

The UC San Diego Women's Conference was held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 8:15 am to 2:00 pm in the Price Center West Ballroom on the UCSD campus. The event was open to UCSD staff, faculty, and students. The keynote speakers were Kathleen McCartney Hearst and Julie Ross, both highly recognized Ironman competitors. CRGP Director Mary Blair-Loy lead a session on women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Please see the Facebook page for more information on the conference.

"Gender Beyond Boundaries" Conference

The UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratory on Gender Inequality hosted a graduate student conference, entitled "Gender Beyond Boundaries," on Friday, February 22, 2013, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm in Social Sciences Building Rooms 101 and 107. The conference featured six different panels, with talks by UCSD and SDSU graduate students in nine disciplines, and closed with a keynote address by Dr. Susan Cayleff, SDSU Professor of Women's Studies. CRGP co-sponsored this event and numerous CRGP Student Affiliates presented their work. Please see the flyer and Speaker Series page for additional details.

Talk by Geri Richmond: "The Good, the Bad, and the Bias"

University of Oregon Richard and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry Geri Richmond presented a talk entitled "The Good, the Bad, and the Bias" on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Qualcomm Conference Center, Jacobs Hall (ENG 1) on the UCSD campus. The talk addressed biases that exist in science and engineering workplaces, along with possibilities for recognizing and reducing these biases. CRGP Exectutive Advisory Board Member Jeanne Ferrante (Associate Dean, Jacobs School of Engineering and AV Chancellor, Faculty Equity, Academic Affairs) and Pamela Cosman (Professor and VC, Electrical and Computer ENG, Faculty Equity Advisor, Jacobs School of Engineering) sponsored this talk. Please see the flyer for more details.


The University of California ADVANCE PAID Program hosted a roundtable entitled "Building Capacity for Institutional Transformation in the 21st Century: Women of Color in STEM and SBS Fields" on Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Doheny Beach Rooms in the UC Irvine Student Center. The event was aimed at UC faculty and administrators who participate in hiring decisions and graduate student enrollment. Dr. Cecilia Conrad, distinguished labor economist and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Pomona College, will be the keynote speaker. There were panels on "The Double Bind in Engineering and Computer Science," "Advancing Diversity in the Social and Behavioral Sciences," "Building a Diverse Future for the Biological Sciences," and "Remaking the Climate for Graduate Education." Please see the flyer for additional details.

UCFemTechNet Launch Reception

CRGP affiliate Lisa Cartwright is one of the organizers of the UC Feminist and Technology Network (UCFemTechNet), a collaboratory working group supported by the UC Humanities Research Institute that brings together science and technology studies, film and media studies, critical sci-art, digital humanities, design, informatics, and other related approaches. Their launch reception, including an informal discussion and brainstorming session, was held on October 6, from 1 to 3 pm, at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Royce Hall, Room 314. Please see the invitation and flyer for further details, including the contact information for the organizers.


Female Faculty Farewell Coffee Hour for Chancellor Fox

Along with the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, UCSD Women in Science and Engineering, and theWomen's Leadership Alliance, the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions co-hosted a coffee hour on Friday, June 22, 2012, from 8 - 9:30 am, as a fond farewell to UCSD's Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. The event was held at the UCSD Faculty Club Lounge/Patio. See this flyer for an overview.

Work and Family Researchers Network Inaugural Meeting

Several CRGP affiliates presented work at the inaugural meeting of the Work and Family Researchers Network, which was held in New York City from June 14-16, 2012. The theme of the meeting was "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Work and Family." For additional information on the conference, visit this website.


Rhacel Parreñas: "Queering International Marriage"

On May 17, 2012, USC Professor Rhacel Parreñas presented a talk entitled "Queering International Marriage" in an event co-sponsored by CRGP and the UCSD Sociology Department Inequalities Workshop. This talk took place from 12:30 - 1:50 pm in UCSD's Social Sciences Building Room 101. See the Speaker Series page for additional information. 

"Doing Gender and Responsibility: Scientists Talk about their Work," by Laurel Smith-Doerr

Laurel Smith-Doerr (Associate Professor, Boston University) presented a talk entitled "Doing Gender and Responsibility: Scientists Talk about their Work" in a UCSD Sociology Department Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions. The event was held on May 3, 2012 in Room 101 of the Social Sciences Building on the UCSD campus.

Moshe Hoffman Presented on "Nature Affects Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities"

Moshe Hoffman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rady School of Management at UCSD, spoke in an event co-sponsored by CRGP and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. The talk was on Wednesday, November 30, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm in the Qualcomm Conference Room, in the lobby of Jacobs Hall, in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UCSD. See the Speaker Series page for more details.

Balance Symposium Luncheon

Director Mary Blair-Loy, along with a panel of distinguished lawyers, presented at the 2011 Balance Symposium Luncheon, entitled "Everyone Balances: Reshaping the Work-Family Debate." The event was held Thursday, September 15 from  12:00 - 1:15 pm at the Bristol Hotel, 1055 First Avenue in Downtown San Diego.


"Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze"

May 6, 2011
A  riveting performance that encourages the audience to think more deeply about the challenges of being a woman in male-dominated fields. More info can be found in this PDF.

After the performance, Mary Blair-Loy moderated a panel with Prof. Sam Buss, former Chair of the mathematics department, and mathematics faculty and students.


Executive Advisory Board Meeting 

May 13, 10 – 12, Social Sciences Building 414



CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate and Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Susan Bisom-Rapp presented "It's Complicated: Age, Gender, and Lifetime Discrimination Against Working Women," an article she co-authored with Malcolm Sargeant. The talk focused on how disadvantages accrue over a lifetime for women, both in the U.S. and in the U.K., which provided an interesting backdrop for considering the 50th anniversary of Title VII. CRGP Senior Academic Affiliate Kate Antonovics, a faculty member of the UCSD Economics Department, served as the discussant for the talk. This event was held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in Social Sciences Building Room 107 on the UCSD campus. View the full flyer for more information.

The UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratory on Gender Inequality presented the Second Annual Gender Beyond Boundaries Graduate Student Conference on Friday, April 18, 2014. This conference brought together graduate students from across California, from different disciplines, with an interest in gender research. The goal of the ICGI is to inspire interdisciplinary dialogue about gender meanings, inequalities, and issues. The conference was held in the Social Sciences Building at UCSD. The keynote speaker was Dr. Andrea Smith, of UC Riverside. Please see the full flyer for more details.


UCSD GradWISE presented the Gender in STEMM Professions Workshop, which was held on Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 5:30-7:30 pm in Bonner Hall Room 2130 on the UCSD campus. Center for Research on Gender in the Professions Director Mary Blair-Loy began the event by delivering the keynote speech. The speech provided a framework of the obstacles women in STEMM face as they attempt to advance and become leaders in their fields. The lecture was immediately followed by interactive tasks with participants to train leadership skills for navigating the aforementioned obstacles. The interactive portion of the event was facilitated by a member of the UCSD Center for Communication and Leadership. The flyer is available as a PDF.

The UC San Diego Women's Conference was held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 8:15 am to 2:00 pm in the Price Center West Ballroom on the UCSD campus. The event was open to UCSD staff, faculty, and students. The keynote speakers were Kathleen McCartney Hearst and Julie Ross, both highly recognized Ironman competitors. Several sessions focused on women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These sessions, led by Professors Mary Blair-Loy (CRGP Director), Olivia Graeve, and Carlos Coimbra, covered topics in the academic pipeline from faculty careers to attracting and retaining women in STEM. Please see the Facebook page for more information on the conference.

The UCSD Interdisciplinary Collaboratory on Gender Inequality hosted a graduate student conference, entitled "Gender Beyond Boundaries," on Friday, February 22, 2013. This funded Collaboratory is composed of CRGP Senior Academic and Student Affiliates in Sociology, History, and Art History. The conference was a runaway success; it featured talks by UCSD and SDSU graduate students, representing 8 different academic disciplines, in 6 panels: "Dichotomies and Beyond," "Institutional Obstacles to Equality," "Gendered Representations," "Gender and Education," "Food for Thought: Gender Expressions in the Kitchen," and "The Personal, the Political, and the State." The keynote address was given by Dr. Susan Cayleff, SDSU Professor of Women's Studies. The audience included nearly 100 members, from 23 disciplines. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions. Here is a PDF version of the flyer.


On May 17, 2012, USC Professor Rhacel Parreñas gave a talk entitled "Queering International Marriage" in an event co-sponosred by CRGP and the UCSD Sociology Department Inequalities Workshop. This talk examined the constitution of love among Filipino hostesses in Tokyo. It addressed the intersections of love and money in their romances with customers, the impossibility of disaggregating the motives of love and money in their romances, and the disruption of the gender order in their marriages with Japanese nationals. Here is PDF version of the flyer.

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Associate Professor at Boston University, presented "Doing Gender and Responsibility: Scientists Talk about their Work" in a UCSD Sociology Department Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions. The event was held on May 3, 2012.


Moshe Hoffman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rady School of Management and Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD, presented a talk entitled "Nurture Affects Gender Differences in Spatial Abilities," on November 30. This talk was co-sponsored by CRGP and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. Abstract: Women remain significantly underrepresented in the science, engineering, and technology workforce. Some have argued that spatial ability differences, which represent the most persistent gender differences in the cognitive literature, are partly responsible for this gap. The underlying forces at work shaping the observed spatial ability differences revolve naturally around the relative roles of nature and nurture. Although these forces remain among the most hotly debated in all of the sciences, the evidence for nurture is tenuous, because it is difficult to compare gender differences among biologically similar groups with distinct nurture. In this study, we use a large-scale incentivized experiment with nearly 1,300 participants to show that the gender gap in spatial abilities, measured by time to solve a puzzle, disappears when we move from a patrilineal society to an adjoining matrilineal society. We also show that about one-third of the effect can be explained by differences in education. Given that none of our participants have experience with puzzle solving and that villagers from both societies have the same means of subsistence and shared genetic background, we argue that these results show the role of nurture in the gender gap in cognitive abilities. Here is >a PDF version of the flyer.>

Director Mary Blair-Loy, with Oleg Cross (Attorney and Owner, Cross Law Group), Vickie Turner (Partner, Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP), Anthony Insogna (Partner and Global Intellectual Property Practice Leader, Jones Day), and George Brewster (Sr. Deputy County Counsel, County of San Diego [Moderator]), presented at the 2011 Balance Symposium Luncheon, held on September 15. They discussed "Everyone Balances: Reshaping the Work-Family Debate." This event was presented by the Lawyers Club of San Diego, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, San Diego Defense Lawyers, and the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association. 

Emilio Castilla (Associate Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management), participated in a panel entitled "Is There an Unintended Gender Bias in a Meritocratic Academic Culture?" along with distinguished UCSD faculty, on April 18, 2011. The panel was co-sponsored by the Center, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering). He then presented on "The Paradoxes of Meritocracy in Organizations" on April 19, an event co-sponsored by the UCSD Department of Sociology Inequalities Workshop. Professor Castilla, a sociologist of organizations and race and gender inequality, has found that the pursuit of meritocracy can mask a gender bias in the private sector.

Sigtona Halrynjo (Researcher, Work Research Institute, Oslo, Norway) presented her work on "Gendered family-friendliness and the rules of the career game: How elite-educated mothers turn into replaceable workers in family-friendly Norway" on April 18, 2011.


Monica Biernat (Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas), a distinguished social psychologist, presented her groundbreaking work on gender and race bias in organizations in her October 29th talk entitled "Gender and Race Bias in Evaluations: Complexity and Subtlety in Patterns of Stereotyping." Co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity.

Maria Charles (Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Barbara) presented on her cross-national research on gender inequality in a talk entitled "A World of Difference: International Trends in Gender Inequality" on May 13, 2010. Charles is a founding member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Center for Research on Gender in the Professions.

Mary Ann Mason (Berkeley Law Center on Health, Economic and Family Security, UC Berkeley) presented on her co-authored research report, "Staying Competitive: Patching America's Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences" on April 6. Professor Mason's visit was sponsored by the CRGP, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, the Office of Graduate Studies, and CalIT2 at UCSD.  Video of Dr. Mason's presentation provided by Calit2.

Erin Cech (UCSD) presented part of her dissertation research, "Gendered Self-Beliefs: The Co-Construction of Gender Schemas and Self-Conceptions Among College Students" on March 2.


Paula England (Stanford) spoke on “Gender Inequality: Why Do Some Things Change More Than Others?” on October 29.