Cate Taylor, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara, delivered a lecture on campus highlighting issues that arise from gender segregation in the workplace.
On Thursday, Sept. 20, Taylor presented “Work and Gender: Barriers and Opportunities” in Froelich Hall in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.
Taylor’s research has shown that most people work in occupations populated primarily by other people of the same gender. This occupational sex segregation is partially responsible for the pay gap between women and men. Occupational sex segregation is also partially responsible for other kinds of gender inequality. In her talk Taylor shared the findings of her research on this topic and described actions that individuals and organizations can take to combat gender inequality and the gender pay gap.
Taylor’s primary areas of research and teaching examine gender, work and occupations, social psychology, health and methods. Before joining the faculty at UCSB, she earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Cornell University, was a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University and a faculty member at Indiana University. Her work has been published in leading sociological and interdisciplinary journals including American Journal of Sociology, Social Science & Medicine, and Gender & Society, as well as in periodicals like Time and The Washington Post. She also delivers training and talks to help organizations increase their diversity in hiring and retention.