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Community Classroom Examines Gender Roles Nov. 16

By Meghan Dusek
UWRF University Communications

NOV. 3, 2006--HBO's "Sex and the City" character Carrie Bradshaw often ponders traditional female roles in the modern world: "I got to thinking about fairy tales. What if Prince Charming had never shown up? Would Snow White have laid in that glass box forever? Or would she have gotten up, spit out the apple, gotten a job and a health-care plan and moved on with her life?"

That's an issue addressed by upcoming Community Classroom at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. UWRF professors Travis Tubre and Brad Caskey will present "Walking the Tightrope of Career and Family Planning--Can Today's Women Really Have It All?"

This fourth and final Community Classroom session for the fall semester is free, open to the public, and is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library on Nov. 16.

"We will discuss the hurdles that women face in their efforts to balance professional achievement and family success," Tubre says. "The presentation will provide a very brief background on the economic, legal, sociological and psychological factors that have precipitated the mass entry of women into education and the professional workforce."

The presentation will focus on two issues: "The first is whether educational and professional pursuits affect women's likelihood of forming intimate partnerships and having children," Tubre says. "The second is whether making time for finding a partner and having children affects women's career opportunities. We will discuss the two issues with an emphasis on how work demands, societal expectations, and human developmental biology present women with significant hurdles in their efforts to 'have it all.'"

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