Women, Work and Ambition

Women, Work and Ambition

Professor Kristen Stilt, Ms. Catherine Claypoole
Spring 2019 reading group
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm in Hauser Hall Room 103
1 classroom credit

Prerequisites: None

Exam: No Exam

This reading group explores recent academic work and popular literature claiming that there are significant disparities in how women and men experience their professional lives. Women seeking top jobs in the most competitive work environments, whether law, business or politics, face unique challenges, from persistent pay inequity to attracting mentors and sponsors. We will discuss and critique the various hypotheses for such disparities, which include theories about culture, societal structure, and brain science, all of which are controversial and which point to different solutions. We will also explore practical strategies for managing these challenges, although the main purpose of the group is not to provide a "how to" guide as much as it is to explore the complexity of these issues in a focused and rigorous way.

Note: This reading group will meet on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/1.