Communications, Culture & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

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In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, The Talk was a buzzphrase in many mouths.  The Talk – the cautions, warnings,...
Father’s Day is an opportune time to reflect on what fathers mean to us, not only individually, but as a society.  Looking at...
Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we...
Is it possible to think of your mother without also conjuring up notions of the Great Mother, that archetype so deeply embedded within our cultures...
Quality early care and education are truly a gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...

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  • September 22, 2010

    CNN: On Wednesday, a Florida appeals court overturned a ban on adoptions by gays and lesbians, declaring it unconsitutional.   The law was over three deacades old, and was ruled unconstitutional.  However, the appeals court does not have the...


  • September 8, 2010

    Colorlines:  Advocates for harsher immigration laws are now deciding that they know best when it comes to raising the children of undocument immigrants.  They are pressuring states to ramp up efforts to remove the children of undocumented...


  • September 5, 2010

    Time: The devastating floods in Pakistan have driven many families out of their homes, which has caused discomfort among the many men and women in rural areas, who practice purdah, the physical separation of women from men they are not related to....


  • September 1, 2010

    The Times of India: Amendments to two laws governing adoption and guardianship now allow women to have equal rights.  A mother and a father can now both be appointed as guardians of adopted children, and married women who are separated from their...


  • September 1, 2010
    USA Today:  Unmarried, childless women under 30 who live in urban areas are currently earning salaries up to 8% higher than those of men in their peer group.  Wages are going up for this select group due to a growing...