About Joan C. Williams, Author, "What Works for Women at Work: Four Patterns Working Women Need to Know"
Called “something of a rock star” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams is a frequently-cited and consulted expert on work and family issues. She is the author or co-author of 99 academic articles/book chapters and eight books, including Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000), which won the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award; and Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter (Harvard University Press, 2010). She received the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar of the Year Prize in 2012, the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for Women Lawyers of Achievement in 2006, the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association of Women in Psychology in 2005, and gave the 2008 Massey Lectures in American Civilization at Harvard University, delivered in prior years by (among others) Eudora Welty, Gore Vidal and Toni Morrison.
Williams’s work on second-generation gender bias includes Gender Bias Bingo, at www.genderbiasbingo.com; The New Girls Network, at www.newgirlsnet.com, and Tools for Change in STEM, at www.toolsforchangeinstem.com (with co-PIs Mary Ann Mason and Janet Bandows Koster). Recently she launched the Double Jeopardy? Project to explore how the experience of gender bias differs for women of color in business and law.
Williams has taught at Harvard, University of Virginia, and American University law schools and is currently Distinguished Professor, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. WorkLife Law develops research-based approaches to women’s leadership and works to enable men as well as women to achieve work-life balance while remaining in their jobs and careers, and to eliminate bias against adults with family responsibilities. Follow Williams on Twitter @JoanCWilliams.
Interviewed by Freyan Billimoria, Director of Strategic Partnerships