Sociologist Jennifer Glass to Deliver UH McGovern Lecture

Lecture to Focus on “Salary, Family, Climate: What Keeps Women Out of STEM Fields?”

The University of Houston (UH) has invited noted sociologist Jennifer Glass to deliver the John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture in Family, Health, and Human Values at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, October 30, in the UH University Center (UC) Theater. Glass

Glass is the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts in the department of sociology and a researcher at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Her presentation is titled, “Salary, Family, Climate: What Keeps Women Out of STEM Fields?”

She has published over 50 articles and books on work and family issues, gender stratification in the labor force, mothers’ employment and mental health, religious conservatism and women’s economic attainment.

“Dr. Glass is a researcher in the intersection on the two sides of women’s work – the realm of paid work and the realm of family work,” said Elizabeth Gregory, director of the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Program and professor of English at UH. “This is a major question for this country going forward – how to encourage the participation of women and men in both realms in order to build the work force of the future.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have funded Glass’ research, including a $1.5 million NSF award to investigate for the next five years early career transitions in STEM– the common acronym for the academic and employment fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“The McGovern Lecture is a highlight in the intellectual life of our college, bringing together faculty, students and the community around vital questions surrounding family, health, and human values,” said Catherine Patterson, associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) at UH. “Prof. Glass’ presentation will contribute to an important conversation about how work in scientific and technological fields affects the well-being of women and families.”

The John P. McGovern Endowment was established in 1999 and supports the John P. McGovern Annual Lectureship in Family, Health and Human Values in CLASS at UH. The series focuses on speakers with notable expertise in the area of family, health and human values. Each speaker is presented with the John P. McGovern Award Medal.


John P. McGovern Endowed Lecture
Featuring University of Texas sociologist Jennifer Glass discussing,
“Salary, Family, Climate: What Keeps Women Out of STEM”
Free and open to the public.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30

UH University Center Theater, Entrance 1 off Calhoun.
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