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Women's Research Institute Of Nevada Accomplishments

Aug 31, 2018
Rebecca Gill (Political Science, WRIN), along with Valerie Sulfaro of James Madison University, recently was honored by the Women's Caucus for Political Science (WCPS) with the 2018 Jane Mansbridge Award. This award is given on special occasions to extraordinary individuals who perform service above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of the WCPS and to advance opportunities for women in general. 

Jul 20, 2018
Rebecca Gill (Women's Research Institute of Nevada and Political Science) and a team of political scientists from around the country, Nadia Brown (Purdue), Jennifer Merolla (University of California, Riverside), Melissa Michelson (Menlo College), Elizabeth Sharrow (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Patricia Stapleton (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), and Dara Strolovitch (Princeton)) were awarded a $25,000 grant from the American Political Science Association's 2018 special projects fund. This grant will fund the project #MeTooPoliSci: Addressing Gender Discrimination in Political Science. Part of this project is the #MeTooPoliSci pre-conference short course, which will take place at the 2018 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston in August. This daylong event will feature panels, roundtables, and a plenary session on helping to empower womyn and their allies to use their influence to combat sexual harassment and misconduct in the discipline.

Mar 20, 2018
Rebecca Gill (Women's Research Institute of Nevada and Political Science) delivered the keynote address at the 13th annual Nevada Women's Hall of Fame reunion earlier this month. The event honored the 2018 inductees, as well as the 2018 Pioneer Award Honoree, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. In her speech, Gill discussed the progress of women in Nevada — and how far we have yet to go.

Mar 1, 2018
Christian Jensen (Political Science) and Rebecca Gill (Political Science, WRIN) recently published "Where are the women? Legal traditions and descriptive representation on the European Court of Justice" in Politics, Groups, and Identities. This article  demonstrates the importance of informal job requirements and institutional constraints on the ability of governments to achieve their representation goals. 

Oct 9, 2017
Rebecca Gill (Political Science and the Women's Research Institute of Nevada) and Michael  Kagan (Law), along with Fatma Marouf of Texas A&M University School of Law, recently published an article, "The Impact of Maleness on Judicial Decision Making: Masculinity, Chivalry, and Immigration Appeals," in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities. In this article, the authors explore the effects of judge and litigant gender on decision making in immigration appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeals. Substantively, the authors find that immigrant litigants fare differently in front of all-male versus mixed-gender panels, but these differences are contingent upon the gender of the litigant. Although most research on gender and judging focuses on the things that make female judges different, this article finds evidence that theories of masculinity explain part of this difference as well. This article is critical of the tendency to study traditionally underrepresented groups in terms of their differences from white males, who are generally the unexamined baseline group. Instead, the authors argue that cognitive biases derived from socialization and learned stereotypes can impact the behavior of men as well. For access to the full article, please contact Rebecca Gill at 

May 12, 2016
Joanne Goodwin (History and Women's Research Institute of Nevada) has been elected to the board of directors for the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. The organization founded in 2001 supports and promotes the preservation and interpretation of sites and locales that bear witness to women's participation in American life. Goodwin's work documenting the history of women in Las Vegas was one of the reasons she was elected. 

Dec 9, 2015
Joanne Goodwin (Women's Research Institute and History) gave a presentation on the development of — and her role as — co-producer in the television series MAKERS: Women in Nevada History at the National Women's Studies Association annual conference in Milwaukee in November. Also on the panel were representatives from the University of Wisconsin Gender and Women's Studies Consortium. Both Nevada and Wisconsin are creating multi-platform programming based on historical research on the history of women in their states. To see the Nevada programs, visit the Women's Research Institute of Nevada website.

Oct 1, 2014
Joanne Goodwin (History and Women's Research Institute of Nevada) is the author of Changing the Game: Women at Work in Las Vegas, 1940-1990, which was released by the University of Nevada Press on Sept. 8. The book captures the shifting boundaries of women's employment in the postwar decades with narratives drawn from the Las Vegas Women Oral History Project. It counters clich?d pictures of women at work in the famed resort city as it explores women's real strategies for economic survival and success. Their experiences anticipated major trends in post-World War II labor history: the national migration of workers during and after the war, the growing proportion of women in the labor force, balancing work with family life, the unionization of service workers, and, above all, the desegregation of the labor force by sex and race.

Jun 1, 2013
Joanne Goodwin (Women's Research Institute of Nevada) was a nominee for the 15th annual Women of Distinction Award presented by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Southern Nevada. The association, whose membership represents Southern Nevada's most influential business leaders, helps to educate and empower women business owners in our community. The Women of Distinction Awards recognize women who have distinguished themselves as industry leaders among their colleagues. Goodwin was nominated in the education category for her work in developing numerous resources on the history of women in our region, as well as her leadership of the Women's Research Institute of Nevada and the NEW Leadership program. Over the last 10 years, NEW Leadership Nevada at UNLV has provided civic engagement and leadership training for more than 220 college women.

May 1, 2013
Joanne Goodwin (Women's Research Institute of Nevada) received an invitation from the White House to attend a day-long conference focusing on girls' leadership and civic education. She will be joining a select group of educators, scholars, and elected officials to examine how to promote civic learning and engagement, as well as encourage the participation of women and girls in democracy. In addition, the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University will host a meeting of NEW Leadership national network partners, which educates college women about the political process and effective leadership. UNLV's Women's Research Institute of Nevada was the first institute in the Southwest to be invited to join the network more than 10 years ago. Today, the network has grown to 23 partners.