講演・セミナー等 Lectures & Seminars

現代日本研究センター Gender in Japanシリーズ / TCJS Gender in Japan Series:Why Gender Inequality in Japan is Alive and Well

2021.05.11(Tue) Closing Date 2021.05.10(Mon) 12:00 General Public Facebook Twitter Line

Event Overview

Japan ranks very low on every measure of gender equality used by the OECD and other international
organizations, including the yearly “gender gap index” published by the World Economic Forum.
In 2006, the first year the index was published, Japan ranked 79 out of 115 countries in gender
equality. Fifteen years later, Japan’s relative position had declined to 120 out of 156.
Standardized across years, the country’s ranking declined from 69 out of 100 in 2006 to 77 in 2021.
This latest ranking puts Japan’s level of gender equality below that of many less-wealthy countries
in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Why has Japan’s high level of gender
inequality shown such stubborn persistence over time? In this talk I examine the misguided policy
attempts to “make women shine” and argue for the importance of a paradigm shift in the analysis of
Japanese gender inequality.

Presenter Bio

Mary C. Brinton

Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Mary C. Brinton is the Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology and Director, Edwin O. Reischauer
Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2003, she taught at
the University of Chicago (1986-1998) and Cornell University (1998-2003). Brinton has published
extensively on gender inequality in Japan, the impact of Japanese labor market restructuring on
young workers, changing gender-role ideologies across postindustrial societies, and low fertility in
Japan and elsewhere. Her current research links Japan’s persistent gender inequality to the stagnating
birth rate, and will be published in book form in Japanese later this year.

Information

Time & date(s) 2021.05.11(Tue)
09:00 - 10:00
Venue Online (Zoom Webinar) / オンライン(Zoomによるwebinar)
Who should participate Open to the public / 一般向け
Language English / 英語
Advance Registration Required
Registration Please complete the online registration no later than Monday May 10 at noon (JST) from URL below.
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Cost Free
URL (English) https://www.tcjs.u-tokyo.ac.jp/
(日本語) https://www.tcjs.u-tokyo.ac.jp/ja/index.html
Hosted by UTokyo Center for Contemporary Japanese Studies(TCJS), The University of Tokyo / 東京大学現代日本研究センター
Contact contact[at]*tcjs.u-tokyo.ac.jp
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