Stephanie Lim

  • From Women’s Health Research at Yale: Making Sense of Research Reports in the Media

    Women’s Health Research at Yale is Yale’s interdisciplinary center on health and gender. Learn more about WHRY and its work here.

    In Making Sense of Research Reports in the Media, WHRY notes that “as a consumer, it is critical to know which questions to ask when reading and evaluating a media report of a medical study.”  Consider that “for a long time, it was presumed that the results of health studies conducted with men could be summarily applied to women. However, we now know that men and women differ in the prevalence, symptoms, and response to treatments for many health problems. When reading a study report, it is important to see if women were included in the study and if there are any different results for women and men.”

  • YaleWomen Chicago Hosts Conversation with Author Joanne Lipman '83 To Discuss Ways to Bridge the Gender Gap in Workplace Culture


    On February 26th, YaleWomen Chicago hosted author Joanne Lipman to discuss the gender gap between men and women at work -- the topic of Lipman’s recently published book, That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together. (Elisa Spungen Bildner’s interview of Joanne Lipman – the former Chief Content Officer of publishing company Gannett and Editor-in-Chief of USA TODAY and the USA TODAY NETWORK -- appeared in the June 2017 issue of this enewsletter.)

    Lipman’s book is particularly timely in the wake of the #MeToo movement and recent news about predatory behavior in the workplace.  To Lipman, predatory behavior in the workplace is just a sign of other systemic issues of gender inequality in the workplace. 

    Lipman talked about how unconscious bias – bias that is buried so deeply that we don’t know it exists – affects workplaces and perpetuates the gender gap, even at companies that have implemented policies to push for gender equity.  She also highlighted how there is a sizeable respect gap between men and women: between a man and a woman with the same title, the man will get more respect and more power, which translates into more pay. 

    Lipman recommended several strategies to help close the gender gap in office culture, including implementing a “no interruption” rule during meetings; using the strategy of amplification – having one colleague repeat another woman’s ideas so that she gets the credit for it; and also forming brag buddies – having a friend brag about your work – as a way to get more recognition for one’s work.

    One of the rallying cries of the book – and a point Lipman emphasized during the talk -- is the importance of getting women back into the workforce.  Lipman asserts this could add up to $2.1 trillion to the gross domestic product of the U.S. economy over the next two decades.  

    The YaleWomen Chicago event was a great success.  Over 30 Yale women alums attended and feedback was hugely positive, with a first-time YaleWomen Chicago event attendee praising the “open dialogue” with Lipman and the opportunity to meet alums in the area.  Another alum called it “a genuine treat” in a nice setting, with an interactive audience, welcoming environment, and engaging topic.

    According to the organizers of the event, “Identifying the subliminal bias messages through conversation is our first action.  Recognizing the need for improvement, resisting old patterns, and being intentional about our strategies to increase respect, equal pay, and recognition will be a catalyst for change.”

    Susie Krentz ’80, Margot McMahon ’84 MFA, Wendy Greenhouse ’77, MA ’82, MPhil ’84, PhD ’89, Becky Huinker ’93, and Stephanie Yu Lim ’00 contributed to this article.


    Photo courtesy of YaleWomen Chicago.  

  • In Conversation with Tina Lu, Head of Pauli Murray College

    SL:  What are your thoughts on the naming of the new college after Pauli Murray? 

    TL:  I was appointed after the college was named, but I am overjoyed that Yale decided to name a college after Pauli Murray.  Since my appointment, I've been educating myself about Pauli Murray, who is probably, as says, “the most important civil rights activist you do not know.”  It is an incredible opportunity to serve in a college named after someone who is so much of the modern world.  I want to create programming to reflect her legacy and I want her legacy to help create the community in our college.   

    SL: What specific programs do you have in mind for Pauli Murray College? 

    TL:  Lots of things that are fun and have nothing to do with Pauli Murray the person, of course!  But I do hope also to host programs that commemorate Pauli Murray in different ways.  For instance, I’m planning events in collaboration with the Pauli Murray Center in Durham, North Carolina.  I also hope to commemorate her life in other ways.  Pauli Murray was a lifelong dog lover - so I think it might be fun to have an open-door dog day.  She was also a pastor and a deeply spiritual person.  In honor of that, a Fellow of the college, a faculty member at the Divinity School who has studied Pauli Murray as a religious figure, is planning “moments of reflection” in the college.  There was also a play written about Pauli Murray, and we are working on bringing that to our own little theater.  One of our students has been deeply inspired by her poetry, some of which will be the first set of readings for our book club.  All in all, a whole series of events that reflect her ongoing legacy.  

    SL: The Head plays an important role in shaping the college’s culture and identity.  As Head, how do you hope to shape the college’s culture and identity? 

    TL: The culture and identity and the traditions will grow organically.  I want to keep it open to the students and have the students make it their own.  For instance, we left open the question of the mascot this spring so that our incoming first-years get to vote too.

    SL: What’s on the table for mascot? 

    TL: Pauli Murray was a dog lover, and she named one of her dogs "Doc." He was black and white and Pauli used to joke that his real name was “Black and White We Rise Together.”.... but that’s just one idea.... I want to leave it up to the students.  For various reasons I don’t quite get, some of them are pushing for a penguin!  

    SL: Any traditions you would like to start in the college?  

    TL: They’ll emerge on their own, as they do in any healthy community.  As Head, I want to bring a spirit of openness.  The geographic location of our college physically borders a New Haven neighborhood, so our college interfaces with both New Haven and Yale.  The students are excited about that, and they want to be great neighbors.  We want to embrace that and we want to embrace many cultural traditions.  But here’s one idea.  I look forward to hosting an open-door Seder that welcomes every member of our community.  I really hope it can be a celebration of freedom and resilience.  

     SL: How do you view your position as Head?  

    TL: I hope to share myself with a little microcosm of Yale College.  As Head, I really want our students to know that a 21st century Yale looks outward, looks global, and reflects and embraces what is deeply American.  

    Stephanie Yu Lim ’00

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