‘Gender in Academia’ Is Focus of Women Faculty Forum Series

A talk on Friday, March 27, titled “Do Babies Matter in the Academy?” will be the next offering in the Women Faculty Forum’s lecture series “Breakthroughs and Barriers: Gender in Academia.”

The series aims to open up a conversation on women’s advancement in academia: both how far they have come, and what challenges remain. While the talks are open to all, those who wish to attend should RSVP in advance to wff@yale.edu.

The March 27 talk will be presented by Mary Ann Mason, professor and co-director of the Center for Economics and Family Security at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law. It will take place 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Rosenfeld Hall, 109-111 Grove St. (entrance on Temple Street). To attend, RSVP by March 23.

Mason’s scholarship spans children and family law, policy and history. Her recent research has focused on working families, in particular the issues faced by professional women in law, medicine, science and the academic world. Her latest book (co-authored with her daughter Eve Mason Ekman) is titled “Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers.”

Her visit is co-sponsored by the Yale Law School. Mason will also take part in a panel on “Institutional Change” being held on Saturday as part of the Law School’s conference “‘Opt Out’ or Pushed Out: Are Women Choosing To Leave the Legal Profession?” (see below).

Other upcoming talks in the series will include:

April 3. 8:30-9:30 a.m. — “Want a Great Work/Life Balance? Go for It!: Individual and Institutional Solutions” by Joan Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law, 1066 Foundation chair and director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California-Hastings College of the Law.

April 8. 4:30-5:30 p.m. — “Subtle Sexual Harassment” by Marianne LaFrance, professor of psychology at Yale.

April 17. noon — “Gender Participation and Performance in Science and Mathematics: The Ordinary Origins and Unintended Consequences of Attitudes and Stereotypes” by Kristin Lane, assistant professor of psychology at Bard ­College.

For further information, visit the website at www.yale.edu/wff.

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