Noted Gender Expert Virginia Valian to Speak at Boston University

in News Releases, University Affairs
March 20th, 2006

Contact: Kira Jastive, 617-358-1240 |

(Boston) – Dr. Virginia Valian, a renowned expert on gender equality in the workplace, will give a lecture at Boston University on Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at the BU School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Dr. Valian will synopsize her book, Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Valian is a distinguished professor of psychology and linguistics at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her research ranges from first and second language acquisition to gender differences and equity.

Her interest in gender differences prompted her to write “Why So Slow?” in 1998 to examine why so few women occupy positions of power and prestige – whether in science, law, medicine, college teaching, industry, or business. The book uses concepts and data from psychology, sociology, economics, and biology to explain the disparity in the professional advancement of men and women. The claim is that men and women alike have implicit ideas about gender differences – “gender schemas” – that create small differences in characteristics, behaviors, perceptions, and evaluations of men and women. These imbalances accumulate to advantage men and disadvantage women. Reviews have cited the book as “compelling,” “scholarly and convincing,” “active and lively,” and “a breakthrough in the discourse on gender.”

Dr. Valian holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan and masters’ and doctoral degrees in psychology from Northeastern University. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society and was named the Outstanding Woman Scientist of Metropolitan New York in 2003.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

“Why So Slow? The Advancement of Women,” featuring Dr. Virginia Valian


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

11:00 a.m.

Boston University School of Law Auditorium
765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

For more information, call 617-353-2020

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