Our SCIENCE Letter: Choice Bias Obscures Gender Bias

Our SCIENCE Letter: Choice Bias Obscures Gender Bias

Do women “choose” to leave science, or does the daily grind of discrimination, lose-lose tradeoffs, and culture clashes drive us away? Do we opt out, or are we pushed out, to use the language of sociologist Pamela Stone? The data are still rolling in, but today in Science, we show how the more popular opting-out account [...]

Don't Lean In More; Lean On Men

Don’t Lean In More; Lean On Men

American women are leaning in. We now earn more degrees, hold more managerial and professional positions, and in many cities earn more money than do men. And yet we still make up only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress, lead only 3.6 percent of the Fortune 500, and earn only 77 cents for the same [...]

Let Me Read CLASH! to You

Let Me Read CLASH! to You

Over the river and through the woods, you can now listen to CLASH! as you drive, walk, or caper across the autumnal landscape. Hazel and Alana narrate the book, which means you can bask in Hazel’s warm Californian inflections and Alana’s slightly Southern accent (although she worked hard to say “gender” instead of “ginder.”) If you’ve already [...]

TEDx: From Independence to Interdependence

TEDx: From Independence to Interdependence

I was chuffed to give a talk about CLASH! at the inaugural TEDx Pacific Palisades, whose theme was “From_____ to _____.” I shared, among other things, tales of my harrowing transition from working-class Memphis to Yale, a photograph of my grandmother with 17-year-old me, and the story of how I got mixed up with Hazel Rose [...]

Please Don't Take My Healthcare Away

Please Don’t Take My Healthcare Away

I have a dirty secret: for most of last year, I couldn’t get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. Lucky for me, an insurance agent tipped me off to a little-known program called the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP, pronounced, unfortunately, “pee-sip”). PCIP is one of the first phases of the Affordable Care Act, [...]

Thinking Aloud in Dallas

Thinking Aloud in Dallas

Why do African Americans have the highest levels of self-esteem in the U.S.? Why don’t tiger cubs wither in the grips of their tiger mothers? Is your brain a plant or a computer? I answer these questions and more on KERA’s “Think” with the redoubtable Krys Boyd, to the delight of my friends in Dallas. Click here [...]

"Remarkably readable...dynamic prose"

“Remarkably readable…dynamic prose”

Any scientist who has ever talked about her work with people not in her field knows how hard it can be to convey just what is so cool about what she does. Jargon, unspoken assumptions, and a PhD’s worth of background knowledge get in the way of snazzy stories and gripping take-home messages. And so [...]

What Your Music Says About You

What Your Music Says About You

I sat down with radio legend Ronn Owens in his San Francisco studio to discuss CLASH! Ronn’s daughter is a country music lyricist in Nashville, and so I told him about my and Hazel’s studies of rock and country music lyrics, which show that rock music roils with themes of independence, while country music lilts [...]

Talking Race in Florida

Talking Race in Florida

Miami public radio’s “Topical Currents” hosted CLASH! authors Alana and Hazel on the eve of the Trayvon Martin case decision, wherein we explained not only why Blacks still think they are judged by the color of their skin, but also why they are right. We also had time to talk about less controversial topics, like religion and [...]

On Truth, Beauty, and Justice

On Truth, Beauty, and Justice

In this radio interview on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “The Joy Cardin Show,” Alana fields questions from several articulate callers, including one who asked, “Why can’t we all just get over our cultures and agree to the underlying, fundamental Platonic ideals of truth, beauty, and justice?” Hear Alana’s response, as well as her thoughts on whether people are [...]