Dr. Sara Diaz
WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender
•Cofer article had old chapter and page number
from previous edition. If you re-read Ch 19,
please read Cofer for Thursday.
•Wed. Office hours moved to Friday
•Bailey’s event tomorrow.
Isn’t it Illegal?
• Civil Rights Act 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race,
color, religion, sex, national origin.
• Firing, hiring, promotion, transfer, wages, job classification, etc
• Since 1964 we have added: disability, age, veteran status
• Obama EO (7/2015) adds sexual orientation and gender identity
for federal contractors only.
• But since 1963’s Equal Pay Act, we STILL see wage gaps for women
Emily & Greg – The Experiment
• What did the experimenters do to measure employment
• What were their findings?
• Why doesn't the racial gap correlate to the Census-based
measures of the racial gap in wages?—Kayleen
What’s in a name?
• How can something as simple as name manipulation
merely affect the callback from employers?--Katie
• First off why do [we?] stereotype names with a certain
• What is the relationship between cultural signals and
stereotypes? What can we do to reduce these mixed
cultural signals that perpetuate stereotypes like Cofer's
article The Myth of the Latin Woman? –Katie
• Is discriminating by name outright [conscious] raciasm or could it be subconscious
[implicit] racism? If it's subconscious [implicit] racism how could that be eliminated
and if it's outright [conscious] racism how could you prove it's outright racism?—
• In Judith Cofer's "The Myth of the Latin Woman" she talks about the isolation
minorites can face in the United States. Do you think this isolation has anything to do
with Marianne Bertrand's peice on racial inequality in the labor market? Is it the
cutural barriers that Cofers speaks on that keep minorites from getting jobs? --Ami
• How can you prove that an employer is discriminating based on race? If you can
prove it how can you stop it? What are the laws in place to protect from this
• What is the relationship between affirmative action
programs and the differential treatment that African
• Why have affirmative action programs produced an
environment of reverse discrimination[sic]?--Katie
• How does society even out [explain?] the 50% difference
in callbacks if the only thing to go off of is the resume that
are equal and a name? –Brandon
How can we fix it?
•How can we create a racially neutral
review process in the labor market?--
Making a Living
•How would employment discrimination
affect your assigned identity?
•How do institutions of employment shape
our lives beyond work?
• In groups:
• Can a single person with no kids person get by on minimum wage in
your city & state?
• How about a person with your assigned socially defined identities?
• How does the hardship effect the scenario?
• How do you make decisions about how to get by in your scenarios?