GENDER IN THE PROFESSIONS
How are the goals and concerns of feminism relevant in a variety of workplaces? Why haven't women achieved equal pay for equal work, compared to men? What is unpaid labor, and why does it matter? Why should my organization create policies that support individuals regardless of gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality (and what do those terms mean, anyway?)? To help you answer these important questions, this course will take an introductory, intersectional approach to gender in the professions. We will use a range of interdisciplinary concepts, tools, and methods to understand and analyze sex, gender, and sexuality as they relate to the world of work. Through readings, multimedia activities, and class discussion, students will develop tools to critically analyze the ways in which social and cultural forces shape us as gendered individuals and influence our career aspirations, professional interactions, and service experiences. In addition, we will consider how gender and sexuality intersect with other identity categories such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability. Because we all have a gender and a sexuality, this course is crucial for any profession and for understanding the world around us.