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"Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, & Immigrant Networks, Pt. 3"

Pettengill Hall, Lewiston, ME   (view map)

WORK IT OUT | While a recent MPBN feature on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In helped to frame the Facebook exec’s brand of feminism in corporate settings, the discourse the book has sparked around the issue has been at least as interesting. Lean In calls for flex time, equitable pay, and more women in leadership positions — all worthwhile causes — but her vision has been widely criticized for a rhetoric that applies to largely the most well-off women, and even to them, in the words of Forbes’s Deanna Zandt, the message seems to be “buck up . . . it’s a tough world,” a sentiment that hardly addresses the matter of institutionalized sexism. Still, it’s almost certainly a step in the right direction, and though it might be too easy to anoint Sandberg’s book as the era’s feminist clarion call, its buzz has certainly pushed forward the many voices on the issue. On a regional level, one of them is SILVIA DOMINGUEZ, a writer and professor of sociology at Northeastern University whose work on women’s welfare, race relations, and social networks (in real life, that is) in greater Boston has earned her much praise. She speaks on themes covered in her 2010 book Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing, and Immigrant Networks at 4:15 at Bates College, Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Rd in Lewiston. Free, call 207.786.8296.

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