Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Gender and identity: A lecture on diversity

In the first in a series of diversity lectures offered through the Office of Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity Programs, Melissa E. Sanchez of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke on “Addressing a More Complex and Encompassing Understanding of Identity.”

Kristina García

Sex, taboo, and family conversation

Simran Chand's thesis, “Familial Sexual Education for South Asian American Undergraduates and its Implications on Sexual Wellbeing,” used qualitative and quantitative analysis to determine the experiences of parental sexual communications among second-generation South Asian American Penn students.

Kristina García

Alice Paul’s mysterious manuscript

Heather J. Sharkey and three students transcribed a hand-written manuscript of the doctoral dissertation by Alice Paul, who earned her Ph.D. from Penn in 1912. As part of a virtual symposium, they joined John Pollack of the Libraries to discuss their efforts.

Louisa Shepard

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For women, remote work is a blessing and a curse

Jerry Jacobs of the School of Arts & Sciences spoke about the effects of remote work on women’s work-life balance. “If women feel disproportionately responsible for the household activities and for parenting, working remotely makes life a whole lot more flexible,” he said.


Los Angeles Times

What’s size got to do with it? Mocking a man’s manhood spurs a reverse #MeToo in South Korea

Jinsook Kim, a postdoc in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about the backlash against feminist activism in South Korea. “The younger generation suffers from frustration and economic precarity,” Kim said. “The problem is, these young Korean men, they ascribe their sense of victimhood or precarity not to government or policies but to women who they see as preventing them from receiving their due.”



Pandemic could roll back advancements for women in STEMM

Eve Higginbotham of the Perelman School of Medicine discussed how the pandemic has affected the careers of women in STEMM, as well as what support institutions can offer.



More transgender people are hiding their identity at work in the UK. Why?

Sophie Lewis of the School of Arts & Sciences weighed in on how the current political climate has made life more challenging for transgender people. “The combination of nativist, reactionary politics around Brexit and Trump along with the conditions of a pandemic would, I think, contribute to people being more afraid to be out as trans,” she said.


Inside Higher Ed

Where caregiving and gender intersect

The Perelman School of Medicine’s Eve Higginbotham spoke about how the pandemic has affected women caregivers working in academia. The results of a survey on the matter emphasize “the need for institutional acknowledgment and response to these stressors—and the unintended consequences that some policies have on the academic vitality of faculty that may differ between men and women,” she said.


KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

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.