Activities

The Sociology of Gender Brownbag (or FemSem) meets every Thursday from 12:30 to 2pm in Social Sciences 2435 (unless otherwise noted).

Fall 2018 Calendar 

If you’d like to request a presentation date, please email Nona Gronert at gronert@wisc.edu.

April 25, 2019
  • Femsem: Shashi Goel, " Female Participation in the Labor Force and Social Transformation in India: A Descriptive Study"

    April 25, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

    "Female Participation in the Labor Force and Social Transformation in India: A Descriptive Study"

    India is projected to be the world's fastest-growing large economy for the rest of the decade, according to projections from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It will also soon be the world's largest country by population, if it isn't already. Put together, rapid economic and population growth will soon make India the world's fifth largest economy overall. In the 2020s it will likely overtake Germany to become the fourth largest, trailing only the United States, China and Japan. Measured in purchasing power parity terms, it's already number three.

    Despite this rapid growth, the participation of women in the labor force has drastically declined. Continuous high economic growth since the early 1990s has brought significant change to the lives of Indian women, and yet female labor force participation has stagnated at under 30%, and recent labor surveys even suggest some decline since 2005. Using a national sample survey representative of households and employment, I will explain these declines. Combining these facts with a review of the literature, I map out important areas for future investigation and highlight how policies such as employment quotas and government initiatives focused on skill development and manufacturing could increase women’s economic activity.

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May 2, 2019
  • Femsem: Agnes Phoebe Muyanga

    May 2, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
    2435 Sewell Social Science

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