Women and Leadership Initiative
Gender equity cannot be reached without the effort of thought leaders in research that
bring these inequalities to light. As an institution of higher education, we encourage
students to be mindful and elect courses that will better their understanding of these
The following courses cover topics directly aligned with the goals of the Women and Leadership Initiative.
ECS 3201 Economics of Women & Work
Survey of research on women, men and work in the labor market and the household. Focuses on the economic status of women. Includes historical perspective, examination of the family as an economic unit, changing work roles, and gender differences in occupation and earnings.
IDH 4000 Honors Seminar: Economics of Women, Men & Work
This course looks at the choices that women and men make, often interdependently, about work, family, and free-time. The course will survey the research on women, men, and work in the labor market and the household. It will examine the economic status of women and provide a historical perspective. The course will also study the family as an economic unit, changing work roles, and gender differences in occupation and earnings. Students will be challenged to related the course content to their own lives and the gendered choices they and their families make. (This course does not run every semester)
ECO 6936 Mini-Mester: Economics of Women, Men & Work
Graduate students explore the historical and social context of this disparity as well as overall differences in labor market outcomes between males and females during this accelerated course. Taught by Economics Professor Rebecca Harris, the mini-mester course condensed a semester’s work of lectures, class discussion and coursework into five long days, totaling 45 hours. The innovative week-long course challenged students to examine varying perspectives, research topics such as the intersection of gender and race and listen to personal insights from local business and civic leaders who stopped by to tell their stories.