CPRC Seminar - February 16th

Columbia Population Research Center

is pleased to invite you to:


“How Does Gender Inequality Persist in the Modern World?"

presented by

Cecilia Ridgeway

Lucie Stern Professor of Sociology, Stanford University


Thursday, February 16th, 2017

11:45pm - 12:45pm

Room 532B

Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street


Videoconference is available at:

Columbia University School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue


Registration required at https://cupop.formstack.com/forms/rsvp

Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to attend at the School of Social Work.



In an advanced society like the U.S., where an array of processes works against gender inequality, how does this inequality persist?  I draw on research from sociology, social cognition and psychology, and organizational behavior to locate general processes through which gender as a principle of inequality rewrites itself into new forms of social and economic organization.  Specifically, I argue that people confront uncertain circumstances with gender beliefs that are more traditional than those circumstances. They implicitly draw on the too-convenient cultural frame of gender to help organize new ways of doing things, thereby reinscribing trailing gender stereotypes into the new activities, procedures, and forms of organization. In so doing, they re-institutionalize gender inequality in new forms.  This dynamic does not make equality unattainable but suggests a constant struggle with uneven results.


Cecilia L. Ridgeway is the Lucie Stern Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. She is particularly interested in the role that social hierarchies in everyday social relations play in the larger processes of stratification and inequality in a society.   A recent book on this theme is Framed By Gender: How Gender Inequality Persists in the Modern World (Oxford, 2011).  A current book project examines the nature of status as a form of social inequality and its significance for inequalities based on race, gender, and class.  She is a recipient of the American Sociological Association’s Cooley-Mead Award for career contributions to social psychology and its Jessie Bernard Award for contributions to gender scholarship. She is also a past President of the American Sociological Association.  She is on leave this academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York.


For additional information regarding the Spring 2017 CPRC Seminar Series please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/events/seminar-series/cprc-seminars