Gender and Family

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.

2017 Feb 28

Silke Roth and Georgina Waylen: Varieties of European Women's Movements?

2:15pm to 4:00pm


Center for European Studies, Hoffmann Room, Busch Hall

Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion presentation by Silke Roth – Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton and Georgina Waylen – Professor of Politics, University of Manchester; Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University

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2017 Feb 23

Mary Brinton: Two Worlds of Postindustrial Fertility



CGIS Room S153, South Building (1737 Cambridge St.)

Sponsored by the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality, a presentation by Mary Brinton: “Two Worlds of Postindustrial Fertility.”



Man in suit and woman in wedding dress walk through snow, with backs to the camera

How work, gender norms, and money shape the risk of divorce

February 1, 2017

Through the second half of the 20th century, American women participated in the labor force at increasing rates. Divorce rates also rose rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, raising concerns that the trends were related: perhaps marriages became less stable because women were no longer dependent on men for their financial well-being.

But women’s economic independence from their husbands isn’t the only way that money, work,… Read more about How work, gender norms, and money shape the risk of divorce

2016 Nov 01

Mary C. Brinton and Eunsil Oh: Gender Inequality and Fertility in Japan and South Korea

12:30pm to 2:00pm


Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, presentation by 

Mary C. Brinton, Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University.

Eunsil Oh, Ph.D. candidate in Sociology, Harvard University.

Moderator: Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University.

Social Demography

The Social Demography Seminar at the Center for Population and Development Studies provides a lively forum for scholars to discuss in-progress social scientific research. Social demography includes work that uses demographic methods to describe and explain the distribution of social goods across populations. The Social Demography Seminar thus welcomes informal presentations of work in progress on a wide variety of topics such as family, gender, race/ethnicity, inequality, im/migration, fertility, mortality, and the institutional arrangements that shape and respond to population processes.… Read more about Social Demography

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. 

My work examines the normative and institutional causes of gender inequality in a comparative framework, and the relationship between gender inequality and demographic outcomes such as late marriage and… Read more about Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies