Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Gender Barrier - Additional Resources

Interested in exploring differences in educational opportunity and job placement between men and women?  Here are some great resources to get you started:

  • Half the Sky  There is a movement around the Kristof and WuDunn book "Half the Sky", from which one of our required readings was taken. It's a great place to start if you are new to women's studies.  Read the rest of the book, watch the movie and learn more about the organizations working to improve the status of women around the world.

  • Take a class in women's studies - CED 420 Women in Developing Countries - is offered each spring.

  • Join Triota, the women's study club.  You do not have to be a women's studies major or minor!

  • Interested in learning more about gender disparities in the US?  Check out the growing "Lean In" movement headed by Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg. 

  • Read the research  Use the PSU Library to look up additional research articles in countries and regions that interest you.  It's a hot topic and there are many articles available on many different facets of educational opportunity and job placement.

  • What are key organizations working in this area?  How is the U.S. government contributing?  Here's an example of how the U.S. (via the Feed the Future program) is helping women farmers in Ghana.  Getting to know key organizations and staying updated on their programs is a good first step toward a career in this area.

  • Watch a TED Talk The TED stage is known for innovative talks on relevant subjects.  Use the search field to find talks related to gender issues around the world.  I like this one from Manal al-Sherif, a Saudia Arabian woman who dared to learn how to drive.

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