Lecture will address “invisible” sexism

(02-19-2014)

stephanie hilwig

During the Adams State University Faculty Lecture, "Invisible Sexism: Eradicating What We Don't See," Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, associate professor of sociology, will review recent research on the myriad of ways in which inequalities creep into professional lives so subtly, that we don't even notice they are there. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in Porter Hall room 130.

In virtually every field, women earn less than men. This includes women working in the same fields as men, with the same educational experience, the same work experience, and the same skills. Why does this pay gap persist, despite growing recognition of gender inequalities? In these same fields, men express concern over these inequalities and express motivation to treat women equally. Similarly, women in these fields, while earning less money, report that they have never personally experienced sexual discrimination.

If men aren't doing it and women aren't experiencing it, why do the obvious pay and power discrepancies still exist? The answer is that most sources of these inequalities are so embedded in our psyche and social world that we simply don't notice them. They are invisible. They exist in the way we interact with one another, the way we evaluate one another, the way we handle our failures, the way we perceive our successes and the way we manage our personal lives.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.