The Forces Holding Women Back at Work

Amy Blackstone, University of Maine

After decades of progress, why do working women still earn less and hold too few positions of authority? It has become fashionable to point at women's lack of self-confidence. That may be part of the problem, but deeper economic and cultural forces also prevent working women from realizing their full potential.

> Blackstone has been a regular contributor to the Maine SSN network's biweekly OpEd column in the Bangor Daily News, where she recently published a wide-ranging and very informative overview of the factors affecting women's progress in the workplace entitled "Women's Confidence Problem? It's So Much More."

> While serving as Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Maine, Amy Blackstone has pursued a wide-ranging program of research and writing about modern family roles and the lives and community involvements of childless adults. She also studies gender issues in the workplace, including sexual harassment and its remedies, and her May 2012 SSN brief summarizes findings from her own research and the research of others on the most effective methods for fighting workplace harassment. Blackstone's research has been featured in the Maine and national media, and she is active in various projects to enhance ties between the university and the surrounding Orono community.

July 2014