Monday, April 1: Gender and Success (Group #7 Presentation)
NB: This class will meet at Classroom B177, in Bay 6 of the Smith Warehouse building, 114 S. Buchanan. Please note that Prof Cathy Davidson has to miss this class. Professor Rachel Seidman will fill in for the interview.
Group 7 Student Leaders: Matt, Chloe, Eric, and Evan
The social science research on decision making doesn’t show radical differences in men’s and women’s decision-making abilities in the US, yet it is clear that men and women occupy very different socio-economic roles and positions of leadership in U.S. society. Why? Sociological research on women’s workplace performance suggests that women are more likely to measure success based on personal relationships (gaining approval from, collaborating successfully with, or competing against others, especially other women). The studies of male success tend to suggest that men succeed by aspiring to those above them, in competition with peers. Other experiments suggests that women are reluctant to put themselves into a situation of competition with other women and are also less willing than men to negotiate for better salaries or benefits in the workplace. The literature complicates these issues, asking what part of gender enculturation confuses “gender” and “competition.”
- Read the readings and watch the videos
- After completing the readings and videos, (1) add a Reading Response comment to the comment space by Friday, March 29 at 11:59 P.M. and (2) a response to a peer’s comment posted by Sunday, March 31 at 2:00 P.M.
- For each of the three categories below:
- Respond to the readings with your reactions, objections, parallels, insights, and opinions.
- Provide at least one well-formed question that you would like to hear the professors discuss and offer opinions on.
- No summaries needed.
Category 1: Social Science
- Niederle, M., & Vesterlund, L. (2007). Do Women Shy Away From Competition? Do Men Compete Too Much? The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 122(3): 1067-1101. — http://qje.oxfordjournals.org/content/122/3/1067.full.pdf+html (for a more condensed summary of this research and other related research, please view this Salon article — http://www.salon.com/2013/02/17/why_are_men_so_foolish/)
- Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever, Michele Gelfand, and Deborah Small”Nice girls don’t ask”. Harvard Business Review. October 2003. http://peopleedge.mindtouch.us/@api/deki/files/285/Nice_girls_dont_ask.pdf
Category 2: Literature
- Girls, Pilot, HBO (available on iTunes or Amazon for $1.99, or free with an HBO subscription)
- “What I wish I had known as an underclassman”, Duke Chronicle, http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2013/03/20/what-i-wish-i-had-known-underclassman
Category 3: “Leaning In” — Gender and Success in the News
- “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All”. Anne-Marie Slaughter. The Atlantic. July/August 2012. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/why-women-still-cant-have-it-all/309020/
- 60 Minutes interview with Sheryl Sandberg: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50142538n
Optional (Suggested) Readings and Videos:
- TED Talk: Hanna Rosin, “New data on the rise of women” http://www.ted.com/talks/hanna_rosin_new_data_on_the_rise_of_women.html
- Nicholas Kristoff, “She’s (Rarely) the Boss”. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/opinion/sunday/kristof-shes-rarely-the-boss.html?ref=nicholasdkristof&_r=1&
- Response to Slaughter’s article: http://mobile.theweek.com/article/index/229808/the-atlantics-women-cant-have-it-all-manifesto-the-backlash
- Women in the North Carolina Economy: http://wunc.org/post/new-reports-women-show-progress-and-setbacks-north-carolina
- Professor Rachel Seidman on the Who Needs Feminism campaign: http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2012/0823/After-Todd-Akin-comments-Why-women-and-men-still-need-feminism