Gender Roles

Conducting Business

Tubas for Girls, Harps for Boys: Shaking Gender Roles Among Instrumentalists

Friday, May 01, 2015

Young musicians are still conforming to traditional gender stereotypes in their choice of instrument, according to a number of studies.

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Studio 360

Lucy Fixed Hollywood's Female Superhero Problem

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Scarlett Johansson took a bunch of drugs, started using more of her brain, and beat up The Rock at the box office this weekend. 

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The Takeaway

Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO

Friday, May 30, 2014

Leaked emails from Evan Spiegel's undergraduate days show a culture of drinking, sex, and drugs. His comments about female co-eds are unflattering at best, misogynistic at worst. Is Silicon Valley sexism — "brogrammer culture"—all too prevalent?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Misogyny and Sexism of Nerd Culture and Silicon Valley

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Misogyny & Entitlement of Nerd Culture | Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO | The New Movie Releases of The Week | Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist | An Uncertain Future For Al Jazeera Journalists | Global Community Anxiously Awaits Obama's Climate Address

The Takeaway

Should the Word 'Bossy' be Banned?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg is tired of the word "bossy," so much so that she's launching a campaign against it. Sandberg says "the other B-word" discourages girls from thinking of themselves in positions of leadership. Is it so much the word "bossy," or the way we teach young girls to think about themselves? Sarah Burningham, author of "Girl to Girl: Honest Talk About Growing Up and Your Changing Body" and two other books for teen girls, and Micki Maynard, contributor to, weigh in.

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The Takeaway

Why Women Don't Brag—And Why They Should

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Research shows that men are far more likely to brag than women—women feel anxiety and discomfort about bragging and tend to subscribe to a more traditional idea of modesty. But what if you could find the source of that anxiety and eliminate it? Jessi Smith, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, discusses her research and what it means for women in the workplace.

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The Takeaway

Your Take: The Benefits of Bragging

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jessi Smith, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Montana State University, researched the psychology of bragging in women. Tomorrow you'll hear more about Professor Smith and her fascinating research into the psychology of bragging. But first, we're opening the door for you to brag—tell us about a time when promoting yourself paid off. We want to hear all types of stories. Call us at 1-877-869-8253 and be part of the conversation, or leave a comment here or by visiting us on Facebook.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hilton Als on "White Girls"

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hilton Als, staff writer at The New Yorker, blogger, and author of White Girls (McSweeny's, 2013), discusses his new book of essays and why the title encompasses not only Flannery O'Connor and Louise Brooks, but also Truman Capote and Michael Jackson.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Barnard President Debora Spar on Women, Power, and Perfection

Monday, September 23, 2013

In Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Power draws on her own personal experience as one of the youngest female professors to be tenured at Harvard Business School and as a mother of three.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Debora Spar

Monday, September 23, 2013

Barnard College President Debora Spar was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about why the choices that women in the US face today are more complex than ever. She also told us what she's been reading and watching. Find out what she's a fan of in her Guest Picks. 


The Takeaway

Wall Street & The Role of Women

Monday, September 09, 2013

When Margo Epprecht worked on Wall Street in the 1980s, she noticed that after women rose through the ranks they left. She writes about the phenomenon in a new piece for Quartz. Ginny Clark, a broker at Beech Hill. She was the first ever female trainee at Salomon Brothers, where she was also the first female trader in 1967. She was also the first female block trader at Merrill Lynch in the late 1970s.

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The Takeaway

European Union Ends Syrian Arms Embargo, Congressman Cole on Oklahoma's Recovery, Women Investors Push Back

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

European Union Ends Arms Embargo on Syrian Rebels | Congressman Tom Cole on Oklahoma's Recovery | 54 Years Later: A High School Diploma | Women Investors Push Back on Claim that Mothers Can't be Traders | A More Holistic View of the U.S. - Mexico Border | Richard Clarke Weighs In on Hacked U.S. Weapon Designs

The Brian Lehrer Show

Mars and Venus at Work

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This interview originally aired live on May 15, 2013. An edited version was re-broadcast on September 2, 2013 as part of a special best-of episode for Labor Day.

Author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, John Gray, and workplace gender expert, Barbara Annis, talk about their new book Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots between Men and Women in Business and the likely suspects for gender-based misunderstandings in the workplace.

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The Takeaway

Responses: A Time When You Realized You Were Juggling Too Much

Friday, May 10, 2013

All this week, as part of our series "Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Male-Dominated Fields," we've heard from women who have broken into predominately male occupations and risen to the top. They shared their lessons on how to juggle their demanding jobs and their family lives. We asked all of them and our listeners the same question: What is a moment that caused you to realize you were simply juggling too much between your job, your family and your personal life?


The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Social Life Has Overshadowed Academics At Many Colleges

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sociologists Laura Hamilton, of the University of California, Merced, and Elizabeth A. Armstrong, of the University of Michigan, co-authors of Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality (Harvard University Press, 2013) share the results of their five-year study of female undergraduates and their disheartening conclusion that college fails to provide social mobility.

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The Takeaway

Follow Up Conversation: Balancing Our Work and Personal Lives

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Yesterday, Anne-Marie Slaughter of The Atlantic came on the show to talk about the juggling act between parenting and working, and what that struggle is like for both women and men. Today we look more closely at the specific choices and sacrifices families make to keep this balance.

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The Takeaway

State Rep Banned from Speaking after Use of the "V Word"

Monday, June 18, 2012

"I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." That's what Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown told her fellow lawmakers on the floor of the State House during a debate on abortion rights and the "V word" apparently made a few nervous enough to ban Ms. Brown from speaking on on the floor of the house.

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The Takeaway

Men — You Talk Too Much

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

You see it in movies all the time, and on the stage of life. Accomplished women being silenced by louder, more dominant men. And now there’s proof of just how often this happens – not just among attention-hungry celebrities, but in ordinary boardrooms. Tori Brescoll, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale, analyzed male and female behavior on the Senate floor and asked more than 200 men and women to describe how they respond to powerful women in the workplace. She joins us now to explain her findings.

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The Takeaway

Our Greatest Regrets and How to Move Past Them

Friday, March 30, 2012

What is the source of our greatest regrets? And how do we move beyond them? Neal Roese, professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, joins the program to continue our conversation on regret.