Panel 2: Employment (Evaluating Claims about "the End of Men" Conference)

Panel 2: Employment
Michael Harper, Boston University School of Law (introductions)
William M. [...]Rodgers III, Rutgers University, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Michael Selmi, George Washington University School of Law
Ann C. McGinley, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Kingsley R. Browne, Wayne State University Law School
Michael Harper, Boston University School of Law (commentary)

Panel 2 examined whether the economy works differently for women and men. Long-term unemployment is a problem for both genders, with 43% of unemployed women and 44% of unemployed men unable to find jobs for more than twenty-seven weeks. Women dominate twelve of the fifteen top-growing occupations. But these occupations may not confer economic security. The two top-growing occupations are personal care aids and home health aids with median annual earnings below $20,000. Many men are impeded in career shifts to the growing occupations by their sense of male breadwinning—it’s “not a masculine performance if you’re working as a nurse or as a teacher.” Despite the persistence of gender associations in occupations, personnel decisions based on stereotypes are prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

About the Conference:
Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13, 2012
Boston University School of Law

"The end of men," a phrase coined by journalist HannaRosin, captures the proposition that women have made such remarkable progress in all domains—and men have suffered such declines and reversals—that women are effectively surpassing men and becoming the dominant sex. This interdisciplinary conference evaluated claims about "the end of men" and consider their implications.

Feminist diagnoses of sex discrimination have fueled changes in law and policy, as well as in cultural norms. Should recent claims about the status of men likewise prompt redress? The conference examined empirical assertions about men's and women's comparative status in concrete domains, such as education, the workplace and the family. It examined how the data supporting claims about the end of men—and progress of women—look once differentiated by class, race, region and other categories. It provided historical perspectives on current anxieties about imbalances between men's and women's power, opportunities and status.

The conference also offered comparative and international perspectives on the "end of men" thesis, testing it in a variety of contexts in Europe and the Middle East. Papers and proceedings will be published in the Boston University Law Review.


Tags: workplace, law, employment, gender discrimination, equality

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