by Miriam Boeri
Two women I met in the suburbs who used methamphetamine were a mother and daughter. The mother lived in a shack that belonged to her boyfriend. According to her story, the police evicted him from the house and told him never to come back because he beat her too often. Her daughter had just come out of jail, accused of selling meth. She denied it but with only an overworked public defender she would probably plead guilty. While in jail she also learned she had hepatitis C. She wanted to go to a support group but had no car to get there, and there was no public transportation in her suburban area. Continue reading
by Naomi Cahn
Each year, thousands of children are born in the United States through the use of donor eggs or sperm, and experts estimate that there are already more than one million people born via these “donor gametes” worldwide. Twenty years ago, my reproductive endocrinologist suggested I explore donor eggs. Little could he have predicted that I would do so through my scholarship!
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by Hilary Levey Friedman
Engineer turned social entrepreneur/toy maker Debbie Sterling thinks Goldilocks should have built herself a chair and bed that fit her just right. No matter if her creations ended up pink and covered in glitter—the important thing is that she build herself.
by Heather R. Hlavka
A young man corners his classmate near the school bathroom, forcing his hands under her shirt. Boys grope girls on playgrounds and school buses; they say “I’m gonna rape you.” A 12-year-old girl describes feeling like a “doll” or a “maid” – something to be ordered around, used, and thrown away.
by Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton
Weekend evenings on the dorm floor were loud and chaotic as women rushed around trading clothes and accessories, trying on and rejecting outfits in rapid succession. A focus on physical appearance was at the center of many interactions on the floor. Women discussed the attractiveness of celebrities, complimented each other on outfits, complained about minor physical imperfections, pored over fashion magazines, made plans to “do abs” together, and commiserated about the temptations of beer and pizza. Many of the fifty-three women living on the freshman residence hall floor we observed at large mid-tier public university spent more time on their physical appearance than on their schoolwork.
by Sarah Ovink
Women’s ever-increasing share of the student body on U.S. college campuses (57%, on average) is by now common knowledge. Hand-wringing in the national media over this gender reversal has also become commonplace, and includes worries about women’s dwindling dating prospects and speculation that we might see the number of stay-at-home-dads skyrocket in the coming years as women choose careers over child-rearing and family life.
As a sociologist of education, I read these stories with interest and some bemusement. While it is certainly true that women have come to outnumber men on college campuses, it is also true that men continue to out-earn women—even when comparing women and men with identical college majors, resumes, and career paths. Though women have undeniably made progress, is the college gender reversal also heralding a gender revolution in work and family life?