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Evaluating Claims about "the End of Men": Legal and Other Perspectives

Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13, 2012
Boston University School of Law

Watch the conference online -- video links below!

End of Men

“The end of men,” a phrase coined by journalist Hanna Rosin, 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.

Readings on Claims about "The End of Men"

Hanna Rosin & Stephanie Coontz featured in "Women Rising" on WBUR's On Point Radio with Tom Ashbrook

Hanna Rosin & Michael Kimmel featured in "Is the rise of women the end of men?" on NECN's The Morning Show

Conference Videos

Opening Remarks, Keynote Address & Commentary
Opening Remarks

Linda C. McClain, Boston University School of Law
Dean Maureen A. O’Rourke, Boston University School of Law

Keynote Address

Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men and the Rise of Women (2012)

Commentators on Address

Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford Law School
Michael Kimmel, SUNY at Stonybrook, Dept. of Sociology

Panel 1: One Hundred Years of the "End of Men": Historical Perspectives
Kristin Collins, Boston University School of Law (introductions)
Lynda Dodd, City College of New York, CUNY, Political Science
Martin Summers, Boston College, History Deptartment
Serena Mayeri, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Stephanie Coontz, The Evergreen State College, History & Family Studies

Lunch Address
Joan C. Williams, University of California-Hastings College of Law

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 3: Family
Linda C. McClain, Boston University School of Law (introductions)
Naomi Cahn, George Washington University School of Law
June Carbone, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law
Ralph Richard Banks, Stanford Law School
Kathryn Edin, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Daniel L. Hatcher, University of Baltimore School of Law
Linda C. McClain, Boston University School of Law

Panel 4: Education
Katharine Silbaugh, Boston University School of Law (introductions)
Anthony Rao, Behavioral Solutions
Caryl Rivers, Boston University College of Communication
Rosemary Salomone, St. John's University School of Law
Katharine Silbaugh, Boston University School of Law

Panel 5: Comparative and International Perspectives on "the End of Men"
Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law (introductions and presentation)
Mary Anne Case, University of Chicago Law School
Shahla Haeri, Boston University Dept. of Anthropology
Fionnuala Ni Aolain, University of Minnesota School of Law
Julie C. Suk, Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law

Panel 6: Could These Both Be True?: Reconciling "the End of Men" with Women's Continuing Inequality
Khiara M. Bridges, Boston University School of Law (introductions and presentation)
Philip N. Cohen, University of Maryland, Dept. of Sociology
Frank Rudy Cooper, Suffolk University School of Law
Nancy Dowd, University of Florida Levin College of Law