"Has the Gender Revolution Stalled?" 2020 Geary Lecture with Paula England, Professor of Sociology, NYU

The Geary lecture is organised each year to honour Dr R. C. Geary (1896 –1983), the first Director of the ESRI. Lectures have been given by some of the world’s foremost scholars in the fields of economics, statistics and sociology, including a number of Nobel Prize winners. More information about the annual lecture series is available here.

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The talk will examine changes in gender inequality since 1970 on multiple indicators: educational attainment, employment, segregation in fields of study, occupational segregation, and pay. Much of the data presented is from the United States, but where available, recent data from Ireland is presented. There is evidence of a slow down on some indicators and a complete stall on others.  

Paula England biography

Paula England is Silver Professor of Sociology at New York University.  She is the author of two books, Households, Employment, and Gender and Comparable Worth, and over 100 articles. Her research has focused on occupational sex segregation, the sex gap in pay, the effects of motherhood on women’s pay, contraception, nonmarital births, and sexualities. She is the winner of the American Sociological Association’s 1999 Jessie Bernard award for career contributions to scholarship on gender, the 2010 Distinguished Career award from the Family section of ASA, and the Population Association of America’s Harriet B. Presser Award for research on gender and demography.  A former editor of the American Sociological Review (1994-96), in 2015, she was President of the American Sociological Association. In 2018, she was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.