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SOC 212 - Sociology of Gender

Sociology of Gender Research Guide

Articles to Consider

Streaming Films

The Problem: Women at the Top

"Do male managers discriminate against women when filling open executive positions—or do women lack the ambition to strive for a spot at the top? In this program, successful businesswoman Hilary Devey investigates the range of factors that are thought to be holding women back. Devey looks at unconscious bias in recruitment and promotions, finds out why women tend to be bad at requesting pay raises, and asks stay-at-home mothers whether they are content to step off the career ladder for good. Having submitted her freight distribution business to a gender audit, Devey learns that she herself needs to make changes. Produced by the Open University. Part of the series Women at the Top." - Open University  (59 minutes)

Other Suggested Films:

  • TEDTalks: Sheryl Sandberg Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders -“In this TEDTalk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite. As the COO at the helm of Facebook, Sandberg juggles the tasks of monetizing the world’s largest social networking site while keeping its users happy and engaged.” – TED (14:53)
  • Anita: Speaking Truth to Power- “An entire country watched as a poised, beautiful African-American woman sat before a Senate committee of 14 white men and with a clear, unwavering voice recounted the repeated acts of sexual harassment she had endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today.”- First Run Features (1:16:27)
  • TEDTalks: Gretchen Carlson—How We Can End Sexual Harassment At Work- “When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story—and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work.” – TED (14:45)
  • Housewife Prepares a Family Breakfast During 1950s ca. 1955 – “Following World War II, popular representations of domestic life in the United States centered around a traditional nuclear family, which had clearly defined gender and economic roles. Men were thought of as the primary breadwinners, while women were often assumed to be responsible for the upkeep of the family home.” – The WPA Film Library (4:17)   
  • TEDTalks: Leslie Morgan Steiner Why domestic violence victims don't leave – “Leslie Morgan Steiner was in crazy love -- that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence."- TED (15:53)
  • Sex Trafficking in the USA – “Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S.” – PBS (1:26:42)