Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Why don’t women promote themselves?

Wharton’s Judd Kessler co-authored a study, “The Gender Gap in Self-Promotion,” which measured confidence and self-promotion among women about their performance at work.

Penn Today Staff

Less and later marriage in South Korea

Sociologist Hyunjoon Park sheds light on why marriage rates are falling in South Korea, particularly among highly educated women and low-educated men.

Penn Today Staff

Alice Paul and the ERA

After almost a hundred years, the Equal Rights Amendment may finally be ratified as an amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. Mary Frances Berry, Kathleen M. Brown and Maria Murphy discuss what ratification could mean.

Kristina García

Seeing life through their eyes

Through the voices and stories of seven men, a feature-length documentary co-produced and directed by Annenberg Dean John L. Jackson Jr. and graduate student Nora Gross illustrates what it means to be black and gay in the south.

Michele W. Berger

Paid family leave: What’s the right model?

With companies exploring gender biases in the workplace, the issue of parental leave highlights gender inequality and brings all parents into the fold when analyzing family leave policies.

Penn Today Staff

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Many Americans opposed the suffrage movement—even women

Kathy Peiss of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about women who opposed the suffrage movement. “The anti-suffragists were opposed to the idea of women having the right to vote largely because they saw it as a violation of women’s true gender nature—that they were mothers and wives—and that it might distract them from not only the duties of the home, but also their sense of women’s privileges to be in the home,” she said.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Women already do most domestic work. The coronavirus makes that gap worse

Pilar Gonalons-Pons of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the ongoing disparity between men and women’s domestic labor. “When it comes to inequality at home—as with inequalities in health care, access to financial support, employment protections like sick leave, or job security—the COVID-19 crisis is a great magnifier, laying bare these disparities and exacerbating them,” she wrote.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Women’s work: 12 stories of female success and struggle in male-dominated fields

PIK Professor Dorothy Roberts, Angela Duckworth of the School of Arts of Sciences, and Julie Engiles of the School of Veterinary Medicine were interviewed for a photo-essay about being women in the workplace.


The New York Times

Women’s unpaid labor is worth $10,900,000,000,000

In honor of International Women’s Day, Kristen Ghodsee of the School of Arts and Sciences co-wrote a piece about women’s unpaid labor, which is not factored into GDP calculations: “Women provide a huge unacknowledged subsidy to the smooth functioning of our economies, which would grind to a halt if women stopped doing this work.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

With 2020 election, Women’s March on Philadelphia ‘more important now than ever,’ organizers say

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the Women’s March, calling it “a cathartic show of solidarity rather than a solid movement with a specific end.”


Smithsonian Magazine

The 96-year-history of the Equal Rights Amendment

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences spoke about the Equal Rights Amendment and the obstacles that have prevented it from being ratified and added to the Constitution.