Williams portrait

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Place: Ballrooms C and D, Strand Union Building

Title: What Works for Women at Work: How to Spot Subtle Bias and How to Eliminate It

Sponsoring department: Psychology

Other event sponsors:

  • Office of the President
  • Office of the President
  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance
  • College of Letters and Sciences
  • Women’s Center
  • Montana Human Rights Network


As the director of the Center for Work Life Law at the University of California (Hastings), Dr. Williams is an expert in work-life law and research. She will be providing information and advice about practices and policies that disadvantage women, in addition to ways to maximize the likelihood that women will be successful in the workplace. Dr. Williams will also be discussing her work in the context of academia and male-dominated STEM fields and the impact this has on women in the work place. Finally, she will share pertinent findings from her book What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know, in addition to expanding upon her academic research and connecting it with the status of MUS female faculty.

About the speaker:

Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement for the past quarter-century. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” by The New York Times, she is Hastings Foundation Chair and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California (Hastings). Her eight books include What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know (2014). Media as diverse as Harvard Business Review, O Magazine, Forbes, Human Resource Executive, Jezebel, and the Yale Law Journal have covered her work. She gave the 2008 Massey Lectures at Harvard, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison. You can follow her on Twitter @JoanCWilliams and her Huffington Post blog.