2014 Symposium: Gender Rules

YaleWomen presents the four-part series Gender Rules: Conversations about Access, Outcome and Equality, a day-long symposium held at Yale University on November 1, 2014, organized by YaleWomen and Yale Women Faculty Forum, with generous support from the Seymour L. Lustman Memorial Fund and the Association of Yale Alumni.  Videos from some of the sessions are below.


Session 1
Taking Stock of Gender, Where We Are In 2014

"Women in Politics: Why Does it Matter?" (Excerpt from Session 1)
Do women govern differently? What pivotal laws have they authored? Why do so few women run for office, even though they win in equal proportion to men? Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for Women in American Politics, dives into these topics, excerpted from Gender Rules Symposium, Session 1, presented by YaleWomen, Inc. and the Yale Women Faculty Forum.

Full Session 1
This session looks at the lack of women in top corporate and government positions, and considers the influence of the educational pipeline. Since Yale went coed in 1969, have we actually made progress? How can the cultures of the workplace, classroom & university address these gaps? Do women’s self-perceptions contribute to significant “pipeline" issues? Is there more we can do for young women in our educational settings to modify the situation?

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0:09 - Laura T. Grondin '85: Chair, YaleWomen; President and CEO, Virginia Industries, Inc.
Describes the mission of YaleWomen, and shares some humorous tales from the boardroom

4:43 - Paula B. Kavathas: Chair, Women Faculty Forum; Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Immunobiology
On diversity in Yale’s faculty

9:11 - Peter Salovey: President, Yale University

Session One

11:00 - Moderator Frances McCall Rosenbluth: Damon Wells Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies; Deputy Provost for the Social Sciences and for Faculty Development and Diversity, Yale University

15:17 - Victoria Brescoll ’02 MS, ’06 PhD: Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management
How internalized gender stereotypes lead to measurable inequality for women in the workplace

24:49 - Kimberly Goff-Crews '83, '86 JD: Secretary and Vice President for Student Life, Yale University
The gender gap between classroom achievement and professional leadership

35:18 - Kimberlee Shauman: Professor of Sociology, UC Davis
Academia’s Gender Imbalance

50:04 - Debbie Walsh: Director of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University
Why don’t more women run for office?

1:04:57 - Q&A #1

1:07:42 - Q&A #2

1:12:32 - End Credits


Session 2
A System of Law: Gender and Equal Rights

  • Tomiko Brown-Nagin ’97 JD, Professor, Harvard School of Law
  • Serena Mayeri '01 JD, '06 PhD, Professor of Law and History, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • Susan Sturm '79 JD, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia University
  • Julie Suk '03 JD, Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law - Yeshiva University
  • Moderator: Emily Bazelon '93, '00 JD, Senior Editor at Slate; Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School

"Marriage (In)Equality" (Excerpt from Session 2)
While marriage law has evolved from 1960s to today for women and same-sex couples, the laws also create a “marriage gap” between high and low income families, and penalize women of color and unmarried family units. 
Serena Mayeri '01 JD, '06 PhD, Professor of Law and History at University of Pennsylvania Law School, shares her expertise at the Gender Rules symposium, Session 2.

Is the Workplace Gender Gap a "Maternity Gap"? (Excerpt from Session 2)

Can the Women's Rights Movement Be More Inclusive? (Excerpt from Session 2)

Principles for Organizations Addressing Structural Inequality (Excerpt from Session 2)


Session 3
Educating Women Who Can Create the Change We Need

  • Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City
  • Kathleen McCartney ’79 MS, ’82 PhD, President, Smith College
  • Mary Miller '81 PhD, Sterling Professor of the History of Art, Yale University
  • Moderator: Inderpal Grewal, Professor, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, and American Studies, Yale University

Session 4
Beyond Open Doors: Making Gender Diversity a Reality

  • Beth Axelrod '89 MPPM, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, eBay Inc.
  • Catharine Hill '84 MPhil, '85 PhD, President, Vassar College; Fellow of the Yale Corporation
  • Teresa Younger, CEO & President, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Moderator: Linda K. Lorimer '77 JD, Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives, Yale University

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