Diane Elson, Department of Sociology, University of Essex

Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis

“Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis: High Income Countries”

Tuesday, September 22, 4pm, 206 Ingraham

“Gender Dimensions of the Global Financial Crisis: Middle and Low Income Countries”

Wednesday, September 23, 4pm, 8417 Social Science

Open Seminar for students, faculty, and public

Thursday, September 24, 12:20pm, 8108 Social Science

Co-sponsored by Global Studies

DIANE ELSON is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex (UK). For almost 40 years, she has carried out research on gender and development, and is regarded as one of the 50 key thinkers on development – David Simon, ed., Fifty Key Thinkers on Development (Routledge, 2005). Her current research and teaching interests focus on global social change and the realization of human rights, with a particular focus on gender inequality and economic and social rights. Elson has served as a member of the U.N. Millennium Project Taskforce on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and as vice-president of the International Association for Feminist Economics. From 1998 to 2000, she occupied the post of Special Advisor to the Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Readings:
Hartmann, Heidi. “The Impact of the Current Economic Downturn on Women” Institue for Women’s Policy Research Paper #B260, June 2008 (pdf)
“Women and Recession: How Will This Recession Affect Women at Work” TUC (Trades Union Congress) Publication, January 2009 (pdf)
Elson, Diane. (2002) “The New International Financial Architecture: A View from the Kitchen” Fema Politica (pdf)
Young, Brigitte. “When ‘Credit Becomes Debt’ in the Subprime Crisis-Is there a Gender Dimension?” New Political Economy (forthcoming), pdf.