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How far have we really progressed toward gender equality in the United States? The answer is, “not far enough.” This engaging and accessible work, aimed at students studying gender and social inequality, provides new insight into the uneven and stalled nature of the gender revolution in the twenty-first century. Honing in on key institutions—the family, higher education, the workplace, religion, the military, and sports—key scholars in the field look at why gender inequality persists. All contributions are rooted in new and original research and introductory and concluding essays provide a broad overview for students and others new to the field. The volume also explores how to address current inequities through political action, research initiatives, social mobilization, and policy changes. Conceived of as a book for gender and society classes with a mix of exciting, accessible, pointed pieces, Gender in the Twenty-First Century is an ideal book for students and scholars alike.
Shannon N. Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology at George Mason University. Sarah Winslow is Associate Professor of Sociology at Clemson University. David J. Maume is Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati.
"Gender in the Twenty-First Century harnesses the intellectual power of over two dozen scholars to examine the state of gender inequality in the United States and the future we might construct. Using poignant vignettes and varied methodological approaches, they document how gender is a multilevel institution that is intertwined with many other axes of inequality. They then identify dozens of policy changes that could help change gender as we know it. The book is a challenge to anyone who has an opinion about the gender revolution. It will shake the complacent, lift the demoralized, and inspire the activist."—Jeremy Reynolds, Professor of Sociology, Purdue University "This volume represents a unique effort to make contemporary research on gender accessible to undergraduates. Rather than seeing summaries of established facts, readers will see researchers in action—posing new questions and developing new answers. The authors and editors include many of the most renown and creative researchers and scholars in the field. A most welcome addition to the syllabus or courses on gender."—Jerry A. Jacobs, Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania