Thursday, November 6, 2014

YaleWomen: Gender Rules

(Yale Twitter photos)
In a landmark conference in New Haven, YaleWomen, the national alumni group, and the Yale Women Faculty Forum presented a succession of panel events, "Gender Rules," Nov. 1, sparking discussions about women, equality and opportunity in the workplace, in academia, in law and in business. Eve Rice '73, YWAA board member, is national Vice Chair of YaleWomen, which has 18 chapters globally.

Yale president Peter Salovey '86 Ph.d. (below, L) and vice president Linda Lorimar '77 JD (above, R) spoke during the day.  The conference took place at the new Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Lorimar led a session on "Making Gender Diversity a Reality." Salovey addressed current topics related to diversity at Yale.

"Asking the right questions is fundamental to finding the right solutions," Rice wrote on the group's website, leading up to the conference. "Although women have long had entree into careers in business, law and medicine, why are women CEO's and women in C-Suites such a rarity? And what happened to all the potential managing partners and department chairs?"

The Saturday sessions included: "Taking Stock:  Where Are We in 2014?" moderated by Yale political-science professor Frances Rosenbluth and "A System of Law: Gender and Equal Rights" moderated by Emily Bazelon '93 '00 JD, a senior editor at Slate.  Another session focused on "Educating Women Who Can Create the Change We Need."

Salovey reported that women make up 30% of members of the Yale Corporation, 27% of deans, and 50% of college masters.  "Good, but could be better."

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