The Chicago Tribune Interviewed Sociology Faculty Barbara Risman on Gender Equality

Barbara Risman, UIC professor and head of sociology and LAS distinguished professor, is interviewed in a Chicago Tribune article about professional soccer player Kealia Ohai being referred to as ‘J.J. Watt’s fiancee’ in a Houston media outlet’s tweet about her being traded to the Chicago Red Stars. Risman says significant strides have been made when it comes to gender equality, but this is an example of the work yet to be done. “We refer to women as their relationship to men. As a society, we have yet to really leave behind the notion that women are a part of men’s estates. We talk about women as ‘the wife of’ because men are the central players and women are the satellites around them. One almost never hears a man described as a ‘husband of,’” she said. (subscription required)