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Talk about women’s advancement in the workplace to be given April 23 at MSU

March 17, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Joan C. Williams will discuss “What Works for Women at Work: How to Spot Subtle Bias, and How to Eliminate It” from 7-8 p.m. in SUB Ballroom C. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow. Photo courtesy of Joan C. Williams.

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A law professor who has played a central role in reshaping the debates over women’s advancement in the workplace will deliver a lecture at Montana State University on Thursday, April 23.

Joan C. Williams will discuss “What Works for Women at Work: How to Spot Subtle Bias, and How to Eliminate It” from 7-8 p.m. in SUB Ballroom C. The lecture is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Williams is founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at University of California, Hastings College of Law. The center seeks to jumpstart a gender revolution by focusing, at any given time, on a few initiatives that hold the promise of producing concrete social or institutional change within a three- to-five year time frame. As part of her work at the center, Williams has documented workplace bias against mothers and how work-family conflict affects working-class families. She suggests that rethinking the structure of the workplace will benefit everyone – men and women, parents and non-parents, alike.

Williams is also Distinguished Professor of Law and Hastings Foundation Chair at UC Hastings College of the Law. Her current research focuses on how work-family conflict differs at different class locations, on the “culture wars” as class conflict; on how gender bias differs by race, and on the role of gender pressures on men in creating work-family conflict and gender inequality. 

Williams has authored or co-authored six books, including, with her daughter Rachel Dempsey, “What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know.” A New York Times reviewer described the book as smart and well-researched, as well as a work that “offers unabashedly straightforward advice in a how-to primer for ambitious women.”

Williams has also written more than 90 academic articles and book chapters, and her work has been excerpted in casebooks on six different topics.

Her honors include receiving the Hastings Visionary Award in 2013, the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award in 2012, the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award in 2012, the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement in 2006, and the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for “Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It.” 

Williams’ visit to MSU is sponsored by ADVANCE Project TRACS, The Office of the Provost, The College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor Series, The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, The MSU Women’s Center and the Montana Human Rights Network.

Contact: Jessi Smith, (406) 994-5228 or jsismith@montana.edu