Published: March 3, 2021

With International Women’s Day on March 8, CU Boulder experts are available to discuss a variety of topics. This list will be updated as Women’s History Month continues: Link

Women in the workforce

Stefanie Johnson is an associate professor of organizational leadership at the Leeds School of Business and author of the book “Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams.” Her most recent research suggests that women are now perceived to be equally effective or more effective leaders than men. She can discuss why companies should normalize feminine leadership, and how to tell whether a company is actually committed to diversity

Sabrina Volpone, an associate professor of organizational leadership at the Leeds School of Business, can speak about the exit of women from the workforce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it relates to women of color. 

Rachel Rinaldo, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic, related lock-downs and remote schooling have shaped gender roles. Her recent study, conducted in the Boulder-Denver area, found that even in the fairly progressive region, mothers bore the burden of childcare and schooling during 2020.

Women in science

Allison Morgan, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science, can discuss how parenthood impacts the careers of female scientists. In a recent paper, she reports that female faculty members see their productivity decline 20% after becoming a parent, while men see no such decline. This gap can have lasting impacts on who gets tenure, teaches tomorrow’s scientists and shapes policy.

Colorado’s women’s suffrage movement 

Patty Limerick is the faculty director and chair of the board of the Center of the American West. She can discuss the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Colorado. (Interview availability is limited, advance notice required). 

Empowering women’s voices 

Beth Osnes is an applied performance artist and scholar who specializes in the study of young women’s vocal empowerment. She can discuss the use of performance-based methods for supporting young women in empowering their voices for self and civic advocacy. View her latest work here.