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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  • August 15, 2010

    Ms. Magazine: In the current debate, immigrant women are being blamed for having babies and causing overpopulation.  The implication is " that all Latina women are not citizens, have too many children, can’t control their sex drives,...


  • July 7, 2010

    Washington Post: Japan's civil code currently requires married couples to register under the same surname. The country remains divided, with many hoping that one of the political parties will spearhead changing the civil code, so that women can...


  • June 17, 2010

    Atlantic: "Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years,...


  • June 11, 2010

    CNN: A report released by the Pew Research Center, found that one out of seven new marriages in the U.S. is interracial or interethnic. Around 85% of 18- to 29-...


  • June 11, 2010

    Pew Research Center:  Demographic changes in the characteristics of mothers have changed according to a report entitled ...