Section member, Kumiko Nemoto, recently published a new book: Too Few Women at the Top: The Persistence of Inequality in Japan (ILR/Cornell University Press, 2016)


The number of women in positions of power and authority in Japanese companies has remained small despite the increase in the number of educated women and the passage of legislation on gender equality. In Too Few Women at the Top, Kumiko Nemoto draws on theoretical insights regarding Japan’s coordinated capitalism and institutional stasis to challenge claims that the surge in women’s education and employment will logically lead to the decline of gender inequality and eventually improve women’s status in the Japanese workplace.

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Please join the Sociology of Medical Education Interest Group for an informal gathering at ASA! We will meet on Saturday, August 20th from 7:30-9:00pm in the Sheraton Hotel Bar.

Our group members conduct research on health professions and medical education (training, socialization, or professionalization, broadly defined). For more information or to be added to the Google group, please contact Kelly Underman (UIC), Laura Hirshfield (UIC) or Alexandra Vinson (Northwestern).

by Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has opened with the Federal Register a second and final 20 day comment period on the expansion of private sector employer data collection to include pay data. These pay data will make it possible for social scientists, the EEOC and other regulators to observe workplace specific gender and racial pay gaps.

Please go to the Federal Register and submit your recommendations.

In the first comment period social scientists were almost entirely absent. The business community, however, were quite active arguing that these data were not needed, overly burdensome, or with little value. In fact, there are no alternative general population workplace level sources of data on earnings inequalities for the U.S., the burden is light because most employers have digitized personnel systems already capable of producing these data, and the value to the regulatory and scientific community are immense.

I am asking all social scientists who understand the importance of identifying the organizational sources of pay inequalities to weigh in during this second and last comment period. You can read the proposed data collection, previous comments and weigh in with your expert opinion here:

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When:  Friday August 19, 2016; 8:30 – 5pm

Where:  Seattle, WA (specific location TBA)

We invite you to apply to a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.

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Saturday, August 6 – 08:00 AM to 11:00 AM – Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom Salon A, B

 AOM members interested in network analysis have benefited from various PDWs that cater to their need to keep up to date with the methods and theories in this area, but there is only one forum for learning how to bring their research interests into the classroom: the Teaching Social Networks PDW. Now in its fourth year, this ongoing forum for AOM members interested in teaching social networks to different audiences offers an opportunity to share and learn practical insights on how to prepare and deliver impactful sessions or entire courses on the topic.

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Please see an announcement below from OOW Chair, Lisa Keister:

OOW members,

We have a relatively recent tradition of organizing dinners at ASA that we have called networking dinners. The purpose has been to provide opportunities for members of various ranks to meet outside the normal meeting.

I am having trouble gauging interest in continuing these.

Would we like to continue this tradition? If so, are you willing to do the organizing?

Organizing them is a great way to contribute to the section, and I understand that it is not overly-onerous. Of course, there is no requirement that we continue doing this. If I do not have a volunteer, we can take a year off and reconsider the idea for the Montreal meeting.

Please send your thoughts to me at


Lisa A. Keister


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Register here

Join Researchers from Across the Country and Around the World in Educating Congress About Work and Family Issues!

You are invited to a special Work Family Congressional Education and Policy Day to be held June 22, the day before the Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) 2016 Conference opens in Washington, D.C. This special day will be co-hosted by the National Partnership for Women & Families and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Work and family researchers from across the country and around the globe will have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress to educate them about issues such as paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and fair scheduling. Join WFRN for an interactive training session, including pointers on how to make your research most relevant to legislators and their staff, and then meet individually or in small groups with members of Congress to share your perspective and research. The National Partnership and Equitable Growth will provide training, schedule your meetings, and pair you up with policy practitioners. There is no charge to participate. All you have to do is sign up here and bring your expertise!

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