Café examines gender income inequality

News Release Date: 
06.01.10

Ohio State sociologist to lead discussion at June Science Café

The Ohio State University at Marion invites the community to the Infinity Restaurant in the historic Harding Hotel, 267 West Center Street, downtown Marion, Tuesday, June 1, 7 p.m., for a free monthly community dialogue on science entitled, Science Café.

At this Science Café Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, assistant professor in the department of sociology at Ohio State will lead a discussion on The Changing Nature of Gender Income Inequality.

According to Bobbitt-Zeher, many social scientists have documented gender differences in earnings among American workers and a variety of explanations have been offered for the observed patterns.

“During the last half of the 20th century there have been changes in the gender income gap, but this gap has persisted,” explained Bobbitt-Zeher.

Questions that will be addressed during this café event include understanding patterns in gender income inequality, the role of higher education on gender income inequality, and how higher education contributes to both historical declines in gender differences in earnings and also to lingering income inequality.

Science Cafés involve lively conversations with scientists about current science topics. Science Cafés are free and open to everyone, and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. At a café you can learn about the latest issues in science, chat with a scientist in plain language, meet new friends, speak your mind, and talk with your mouth full. The overriding goal of Ohio State Marion’s Science Café is to overcome reluctance to learning about science and to make science less mysterious.

For more information on Science Café visit:  http://osumarion.osu.edu/sciencecafe/ or contact Ohio State Marion professor of mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis at:  mcennis.1@osu.edu.