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Are Arabs Sexist?

Institutions, and not popular beliefs, cause the political and economic inequalities faced by women in the Arab world, argues Danielle Lussier, assistant professor of political science.  In “Are Arabs sexist? The institutions, perhaps, but not the people,” she, Steven Fish of University of California-Berkley, and Rose McDermott of Brown University, present results from their research in Lebanon.

“We find no evidence that the beliefs and values of ordinary Lebanese are responsible for the substantial inequities women encounter in political life and in the workforce,” they conclude.

From the article:

Arab societies are often regarded as bad places for women and girls. According to many observers, Arabic and Islamic culture can combine to foster attitudes that are inhospitable to gender equality.

The results of a survey experiment we are conducting may challenge common assumptions. Women do face special difficulties in Arab lands, which are reflected in bleak statistics about inequalities in political and economic life. But we find little evidence that popular attitudes are to blame. Our data from Lebanon, with its mix of Muslims and Christians, may be particularly illuminating.

Are Arabs sexist? The institutions, perhaps, but not the people, AlJazeera.com

World Food Prize Lecture: Louise Fresco on Ending Hunger

Lecture: 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Rosenfield Center 101

Louise Fresco, an expert on sustainable food production, visits Grinnell this week to discuss “World Food Day: The Next Decade.”

"From agriculture to climate change to sustainable development, Louise Fresco's expertise makes her poised to comment on many of the greatest challenges facing our world in the next decade. She is an internationally-regarded science and policy expert who is a thought leader about food and the environment. To have the chance to hear her reflect on the future of World Food Day is a real privilege," says Sarah Purcell ’92, director of the Rosenfield Program.

Fresco’s lecture is the latest in our annual World Food Prize lectures, in which Grinnellians discuss global agricultural issues with top experts in Iowa for the World Food Prize celebration. She is also visiting the policy studies class on food security taught by Doug Hess, policy studies, and Leslie Lyons, chemistry. 

Fresco's lecture is free and open to the public. 

It is sponsored by the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights.