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.
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.
|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|
|Registration||Please complete the online registration no later than Monday May 10 at noon (JST) from URL below.
|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|
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