Gender hierarchies persist online despite more female entrepreneurs

ITHACA, N.Y. – Self-employed women working in digital creative industries such as blogging or marketing feel compelled to conduct business online in a traditionally feminine way, according to a new Cornell University study. This includes maintaining social media personas that display modesty, sociality and “an aura of decorum” – the same restrictions that often apply […]

Being more like men does not help women in STEM careers

ITHACA, N.Y. – Whenever Cornell University demographer Sharon Sassler talks about her latest research, she has to restrain herself from singing the lyric, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” from the musical “My Fair Lady.” Even when women were more like men 20 to 40 years ago, it didn’t help them get […]

Eureka! Gender affects how we judge competence, genius

ITHACA, N.Y. – Think of the word “genius,” and a few images undoubtedly come to mind – perhaps a picture of Albert Einstein, of a scientist in a lab shouting “Eureka!” or of present-day theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Whatever mental picture is conjured up, chances are they all have one thing in common: The person […]

Book shares stories of ‘proud, popular’ young gay men

ITHACA, N.Y. – Upbeat books like “The New Gay Teenager” (2005) have made Cornell’s Ritch Savin-Williams the go-to advocate for gay teens all over America. Now Savin-Williams, professor emeritus of developmental psychology in the College of Human Ecology, continues a 40-year career of sexual-identity research with a new book, “Becoming Who I Am: Young Men […]

Blue-collar training in high school leaves women behind

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s the best way to prepare high schoolers for jobs in the 21st century? Education leaders and the general public have been debating this question with more heat in recent years, clashing over whether to focus on college preparation or vocational training, especially training linked to blue-collar jobs. The way the pendulum […]

Spread of Zika virus underscores class and gender issues

Alaka Basu, professor of development sociology and Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation, says Zika underscores the lethal intersection of class and gender in public health tragedies. Basu, an expert in the areas of reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, and child health and mortality, is particularly interested in the social and […]

New UNICEF report on female cutting not up to the challenge

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE July 24, 2013 New UNICEF report on female cutting not up to the challenge Saida Hodžić is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. Her forthcoming book, “Of Rebels, Spirits, and Social Engineers: The Awkward Endings of Female Genital Cutting,” examines the logics […]