Title

Minding the Gap: Reflections on the Achievement Gap Between Men and Women in the Workplace in 2013

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

3-1-2013

Conference / Event Title

Panel II - Ill-Fitting Frameworks: Critiques of Judicial, Governmental, and Societal Responses to the Gap

Conference / Event Location

Florida International University (FIU) College of Law / Miami, FL

Abstract

Why is there a strong presence of women in higher education, but the highest positions of power and prestige in law firms and corporations are still occupied by men? That was the overarching question asked of the panelists at FIU College of Law’s Annual Law Review Symposium. The symposium, “Minding the Gap: Reflections on the Achievement Gap Between Men and Women in the Workplace in 2013,” took place Friday, March 1, at the Rafael Diaz-Balart Hall.

The first panel, “Mapping the Gap” acclimated the audience with statistics and studies which discussed the presence of women in universities and how these statistics translate to the highest positions of power. Additionally, the panelists provided their perspectives of why this gap exists.

The second panel, “Ill-Fitting Frameworks: Critiques of Judicial, Governmental, and Societal Responses to the Gap,” provided insight as to what issues are currently being handled by the government, and what needs to be changed while moving forward to rectify or eliminate the achievement gap.

The third panel, “Challenging Assumptions,” addressed how the gap might be attributed to other societal issues within our culture.

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