Gender and Family

Research in this cluster explores the ways in which gender, sexuality, and kinship relations shape individuals’ experiences. We view gender and the family as distinct but often overlapping dimensions of social stratification. We share a commitment to producing rigorous research that both reveals and explains these relationships. Scholarship in this cluster is methodologically diverse, including in-depth interviewing, ethnographic, historical, comparative, and quantitative approaches. An informal biweekly working group brings together faculty and graduate students working in this area.

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Jasmin Sandelson

Congratulations to Jasmin Sandelson

March 9, 2017

Congratulations to Jasmin Sandelson, whose qualifying paper "Relational Resources: Poverty, Peer Support, and Adolescent Wellbeing" received the graduate student paper award from the Youth, Aging and the Life Course section of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Mary Brinton stands in front of a building on Harvard's Cambridge campus.

Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

May 17, 2016

Progress towards gender equality was substantial on many fronts in the decades leading up to the 1990s. Since then, movement towards gender equality has slowed. The gender wage gap has narrowed at a slower pace in the past 20 years, and the same can be said for occupational sex segregation. Postindustrial societies show variation in these patterns and in the consequences that ensue. 

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