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Wanting It All: Women and the Status of Feminism in America

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How are American women doing today? By some measures, extremely well: women now make up the majority of the American workforce, graduate from college at higher rates than men, and are taking unprecedented leadership roles in business, media, politics and law. Yet these successes bring new tensions for women's work/life balance, even as inequalities and discrimination persist across nearly all sectors of society. To introduce fresh perspectives and foster broad conversation, the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life asked three scholars with wide-ranging expertise in history, religion and culture to discuss the state of women - and feminism - in the United States today.

Lisa Sowle Cahill is the J. Donald Monan professor of theology at Boston College and has written extensively on theological ethics. Harvard University Professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has studied social and women's history and is the author of several books including A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991. Cynthia Young is an associate professor of English at Boston College and served as director of African & African Diaspora Studies until 2009.

Format: Panel Discussion
Length: 60 minutes

Presenter(s): Lisa Cahill, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Cynthia Young

Date: April 26, 2011

Location: Devlin 101

Sponsor(s): Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/cahillulrichyoung/

The information on this page is accurate as of April 2011