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On Gay Marriage and Gay Friends

Written by Monica Gray

Did you know that the growth of support for same-sex marriage over the past ten years represents one the largest changes in public opinion on any policy issue over this time period? Back in 2003 more than half (58%) of Americans opposed gay marriage, whereas today less than half (44%) oppose it.

Written On Thursday, March 28 2013 10:21

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#MayaAngelou: Why The Caged Bird Still Sings

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

I grew up with my mother telling me often that I was named after Dr. Maya Angelou, the great writer and poet laureate who died today at the age of 86. As the story goes, the year was 1970 and my mother was reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings while I was in the womb. As she finished the book, she swore to herself that if she had a girl she would name her after Maya Angelou because she wanted her daughter to have the author’s same fiercely independent spirit.

Written On Thursday, May 29 2014 09:58

150 Years of Racism: Attitudes in the American South

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

A new paper by Avidit Acharya, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen has discovered that the proportion of enslaved residents in 1860 — 153 years ago — predicts race-related beliefs today.

Written On Wednesday, October 09 2013 23:07

The Role of Employer Selection in Gendered Job Segregation

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

Gender job segregation is the practice of filling certain occupations with mostly male or mostly female workers. Today, 40 percent of women work in jobs that are three-fourths female or more and 45 percent of men work in jobs that are more than three-fourths male. Job segregation is the main cause of the wage gap between men and women because jobs that employ women pay somewhere between 5-19 percent less than ones that employ men.

Written On Tuesday, August 13 2013 12:38

Representing Transracial Adoptions

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

In a 2007 national survey, 40% of children adopted by Americans, both domestically and internationally, were of a different race than their adoptive parents (source). Transracial adoptions are very common.  But who adopts who?  If you ask Google Images, white families adopt non-white children. Six of the images below appear to feature white parents with children of color:

Written On Thursday, May 02 2013 09:17

Ashley Judd, Please Reconsider!

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

Ms. Judd, I was disheartened to read that you decided not to run against Mitch McConnell for the Kentucky senate seat. Several days prior to your announcement, I was especially disturbed by reports that the Clinton machine had thrown their support behind newly elected Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes. News accounts suggested that they favored Ms. Lundergan Grimes because of her family's political ties and her more moderate ideological views, which they believed would go over well in the supposedly conservative state.

Written On Thursday, March 28 2013 16:03

Who Works? Stick Figures, Gender, and Illustrating the Worforce

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

One of our Pinterest boards collects images that reveal that men are the “neutral” sex in contemporary Western cultures. This means that (1)  the image that pops up in our minds when we say “person” or “human” or “worker” is usually implicitly male, (2) non-sexed representations of people are usually assumed to be male (e.g., cartoon animals appear female to us unless we slap on eyelashes and lipstick), (3) items for sale often get marketed as either “item” or “women’s item” (e.g., “deodorant” and “women’s deodorant”), and (4) men and male bodies get to stand in for humanity (e.g., in scientific research).

Written On Thursday, April 18 2013 14:37

45 Years to Equality is Too Long

Written by Mariah Craven

Imagine the year 2057. What does it look like? Are you picturing driverless cars, tiny tablet supercomputers, and everyone wearing a pair of Google glasses? Are you picturing a country where women finally earn as much as men?

Written On Tuesday, April 09 2013 15:15

Policy Round Up: Marriage Equality

Written by Shanel Adams

This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in cases related to marriage equality. The two cases separately examine Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)-- laws that prevent the LGBT community from freely marrying. As this topic gained national attention this week experts offer their opinion on whether or not everyone should have the right to marry.

Written On Thursday, March 28 2013 16:34

Say it Louder: Funk, Rap, & Movement Music

Written by Mariah Craven

“Say it loud!” “I’m Black and I’m proud!” I’d just placed an order for a tall soy vanilla latte when the music filtered through the fog in my brain. After I handed over a good chunk of my paycheck to the barista, I raised an eyebrow at him and pointed in the direction of a speaker. “Are you hearing this?” He shrugged and moved on to take the next order.

Written On Tuesday, February 26 2013 14:22
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