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Friday, April 26, 2013

12:15 – 1:45 pm
Welcome lunch at
The Captain’s Room
306 York St, New Haven, CT

Yale Law School, Faculty Dining Room
2:00 pm

2:10 – 6:30 pm  
Locating Parity: Equality Analytics, Initiatives, and Metrics

Yale Law School, Room 120
Our goal is to consider the roles that law can play in securing gender equality. Many legal regimes now state that women and men are equal.  Yet the devil is in the details: what that means and how it can be materialized are highly contested and theoretically challenging.  In our opening segment, we will explore how anti-discrimination law and parity regimes help to realize commitments to equality. We contemplate our conversation focusing on the roles of antidiscrimination law and parity regimes, but would like to consider alternatives and complements to these interventions, as well.  Our goal is to design a format that allows for individual presentation and collective conversations about disparate bodies of law and theory.


  • Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School


  • Ruth Rubio Marin, Professor of Constitutional and Public Comparative Law, European University Institute
  • Sandra Fredman, Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA, Oxford University
  • Mala Htun, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico
  • Stephanie Hennette-Vauchez, Professor of public law, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense


  • Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

7:30 – 10:00 pm        
Welcome Reception and Dinner

The Study Hotel, Banquet Room
1157 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 

Saturday, April 27, 2013

8:30 am            
Continental Breakfast

Yale Law School, Faculty Dining Room

9:00 – 11:30 am
The Stakes and Strategies of Gender Equality in Corporations

Yale Law School, Room 120

Recent legislative initiatives to combat gender inequality in corporations have focused on the composition of boards of directors. Following Norway’s 2003 statute requiring gender parity on corporate boards, many European countries have adopted similar quotas for the boards of publicly traded companies, and the European Commission has proposed a directive. Countries such as the United States have taken a different approach. Under recent revisions to U.S. securities law, publicly-traded firms are now required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to report on how diversity informs their board nomination process, if at all. Meanwhile, a significant site of gender inequality in corporations is the workplace. Employment law and employment discrimination law have intervened, with varying levels of success, to reduce unequal pay, hostile work environments, the conflicts between work and family life, and other barriers to women’s advancement.

Our questions include: How important is the status of women in corporations to the larger societal pursuit of gender equality? Which forms of participation in corporations must be equalized in order for women’s economic citizenship to be realized? What initiatives are driven by law as opposed to forces internal to the corporation and shifts in corporate culture? What are the most significant measures of gender equality in this domain? Is the focus on gender parity in corporate boards or senior-level management appropriate? Does gender parity in these leadership roles have any effect on the workplace policies that affect gender equality for all the participants, from senior managers to employees at all levels? In what ways it the project of gender equality intersecting with other important goals of corporations and stakeholders groups, such as good governance, profit maximization, increasing shareholder value, stakeholder representation, sustainability and/or social partnership with the state? The hope is to draw on a wide range of local and transnational examples to consider the legal, cultural, and economic dimensions of these questions.


  • Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management


  • Julie Suk, Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders and Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs
  • Debra Fine, Founder, Fine Capital
  • Aaron Dhir, Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, The Gender Equality Project


  • Anne Alstott, Jacquin D. Bierman Professor in Taxation at Yale Law School

11:45 – 12:50
Bridging Panels: Locating Parity and Gender Equality in Corporations

1:00 – 2:15 pm

Yale Law School, Faculty Lounge, Second Floor

2:30–5:30 pm 
Moving Forward with Gender Parity in Academia

Yale Law School, Room 120

Much debate has taken place around the subject of women in academia, especially in the sciences and in the ranks of tenured faculty. The status of women – of all colors - is uneven, as women have a significant academic presence in some fields and minimal presence in others. Many gender initiatives have been generated in an attempt to reform hiring and promotion practices and address related problems, from salary equity to leave time to special allocations for slots, to refocusing on the kinds and forms of work that are valorized, topics studied, and the structure of the academy. What success have various interventions had and why? Where are the current frontiers and what areas are seen as immune from such efforts?


  • Priya Natarajan, Chair, Women Faculty Forum & Professor, Department of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University


  • Frank Dobbin, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
  • Angelica Stacy, Vice Provost for Faculty Development, UC Berkeley
  • Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School
  • Jo Handelsman, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University
  • Liza Cariaga-Lo, Associate Provost for Academic Development and Diversity, Brown University


  • Frances Rosenbluth, Deputy Provost for the Social Sciences and Faculty Development, Professor of Political Science
  • Meg Urry, Israel Munson Prof Physics & Astronomy & Director, Yale Center Astronomy & Astrophysics

7:00 – 10:00 pm
Closing Discussion and Dinner

Yale Law School, Alumni Reading Room
The Place of Parity as an Equality Initiative: Reflections