Gender and Family

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.”



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 (SOC 3323)

The Social Demography Seminar at the Center for Population and Development Studies provides a lively forum for scholars from across the university to discuss in-progress social scientific and population 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 presentations on a wide variety of topics such as family, gender, race/ethnicity, population health--including mortality, morbidity, and functional health--inequality, im/migration, fertility, and...

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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.... Read more about Gender Equity and Low Fertility in Postindustrial Societies

Desmond selected as WT Grant Scholar

Desmond selected as WT Grant Scholar

April 19, 2016

Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, has been selected as a 2016 William T. Grant Scholar. Launched in 1982, the Scholars Program supports the professional development of promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Scholars receive $350,000 to execute rigorous five-year research plans that stretch their skills and knowledge into new disciplines, content areas, or methods. Each year, the Foundation selects four...

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2016 Mar 22

Nikki Jones: How Things Fall Apart: Race, gender and suspicion in police-civilian encounters

3:00pm to 5:00pm


William James Hall 1550

Department of Sociology Colloquium Series presentation by Nikki Jones, associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at UC-Berkeley.


How Things Fall Apart: Race, gender and suspicion in police-civilian encounters


Over the last year, the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName campaigns have turned the nation’s attention to the too-often troubled relationship between Black communities and...

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Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths

Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths

September 14, 2015

Between 1989 and 2009, six Latin American nations passed total abortion bans.  Women in these countries are now denied abortions under every circumstance, even when a pregnancy may put their lives at risk.  In El Salvador, the passage of a total abortion ban was additionally followed by a steep rise in the incarceration of women for the “aggravated homicide” of their “newborns,” often with 30-40 year prison sentences.  Pro-life proponents argue vociferously that these extreme incarcerations are appropriate punishments for women who birthed healthy, full term babies and then killed them to avoid their motherly duties.  Pro-choice proponents, in contrast, argue that these incarcerated women committed no crime, but rather suffered from poverty, limited medical support, and obstetrical emergencies.... Read more about Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths