Family & 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.

“Violence Unmasked: The Men Behind the Abuse” Panel Sponsored by NOW-NYC

By Tunisia L. Riley*

In light of public figures connected to domestic violence scandals in New York like White Plains Mayor, 2010 Puerto Rican Day Parade Godfather Osvaldo Rios, and Governor Patterson’s aide , the New York City chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW-NYC) brought together a panel discussion to address the men behind domestic abuse.


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Media Ignores the Importance of Housework in Divorce Rates and Career Advancement

By Londa Schiebinger and Lori Nishiura Mackenzie

ORIGINALLY POSTED MAY 23, 2010 ON THE HUFFINGTON POST

The Telegraph picked up a recently published London School of Economics research about housework. They were in lonely company. The piece did not see the light of day in the Financial Times, The New York Times or the Washington Post. Why not? Could it be that housework is not considered a serious topic?


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Mother's Day Videos--They're all the Rage!

In preparation for the upcoming holiday--Mum's Day--many women's organizations have produced videos to celebrate the diverse voices and stories of mommies.  Check these out!

Tell Your Story with the Women's Media Center:

What did your mother teach you about reprodutive health? (from the Center for Reproductive Rights):

 


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Lecture by Suad Joseph: Rethinking Arab Women as "Subjects"

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Date/Time: 
05/07/2010

Suad Joseph was born in Lebanon and educated in the US. She completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Most of her anthropological field research has focused on her native Lebanon. Her early work investigated the politicization of religious sects in Lebanon leading up to the civil war in 1975, questions of ethnicity and state, and local community organization and development. That work led her to consider the impact of women's visiting networks on local and national politics, and the relationships between local communities, community organizations, and the state.

Lecture: 2:00pm

Reception: 4:00-6:00pm

Location: UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

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Obama hails Height as humble force for equality

By BRETT ZONGKER and JULIE PACE, Associated Press Writer Brett Zongker And Julie Pace, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 29, 12:24 pm ET

Civil Rights Legend Dorothy Height Passes

WASHINGTON (April 20) – Dorothy Irene Height, long-time civil rights activist, chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) and "godmother of the women's movement," died of natural causes 3:41 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Howard University Hospital, 27 days after her 98th birthday.

Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: A Conversation with Robert Evans

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Date/Time: 
05/27/2010

Wellesley College Club, Wellesley, MA--Organized by Open Circle and Courage & Renewal Northeast; learn more

First Lady Michelle Obama to Serve as National Honorary Chair of Girls Inc. Board of Directors

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Ms. Foundation for Women
NEW YORK, NY (March 24, 2010) - Girls Incorporated, the nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold and the oldest girl-centered organization in the United States, is delighted to announce that First Lady Michelle Obama has agreed to serve as the organization's Honorary Board Chair.
 
In this role, Mrs. Obama will lend her support to the ongoing work of Girls Inc., particularly around creating opportunities and resources for girls to learn and grow, to navigate the unique challenges they face growing up, and to discover their potential as leaders with the courage and vision to change the world.

 

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