Communications, Culture & Society

Gender roles are formed and reinforced from earliest childhood through family relations, social and cultural strictures and norms. Today, family structures are shifting as nuclear and extended families undergo transformations due to economic and societal changes. The traditional archetype of one father and one mother plus children reflects only 25 percent of families in the U.S. Parental roles are also evolving as single-parent, same-sex couples and adoptive parents become increasingly common. Laws and employment policies are gradually reflecting these changes but more effort needs to be focused on providing family-friendly support from affordable, accessible, quality child and elder care to flexible work arrangements.

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In the immediate aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s death, The Talk was a buzzphrase in many mouths.  The Talk – the cautions, warnings,...
Sexism is not a one-party issue. Expectations to fulfill gender role requirements do not only negatively affect women, but men as well. The cards we...
Is it possible to think of your mother without also conjuring up notions of the Great Mother, that archetype so deeply embedded within our cultures...
Quality early care and education are truly gifts that will keep on giving, not only to mothers, but to all of us.  We’re not saying that...

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  • June 28, 2011

    The Nielsen Women of Tomorrow Study, one of the most comprehensive examinations into what women watch and buy, finds that women’s control over spending decisions coupled with their gains across the working world and politics, point to women of...


  • June 28, 2011
    Pregnancy at Work: A National Survey, published by the HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme (CPP) and the Equality Authority, presents the findings of Ireland’s first nationally representative survey of women’s experiences at...

  • June 25, 2011

    Women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to stay on the job if they have greater control over their work schedules, according to a Baylor University...


  • June 21, 2011

    A Baylor University study finds that women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to stay on the job if they have greater control over their work schedules. Researchers also found that job security and the ability to make use of a...


  • June 20, 2011

    A WomanWise multi-generational study of 800 women across the U.S. reveals that the American Dream has shifted. The consulting firm explains that it examined American women's attitudes and behaviors because women drive our economy and that their...