[URPE] protest AEA efforts to squash EEO/AA
leefs at umkc.edu
Wed Dec 20 08:23:39 MST 2006
IAFFE colleagues and friends,
I have been following the actions of the AEA with regard to the JOE job
ads and the responses of IAFFE as an organization as well as individual
IAFFE members and supporters. As President of the Association for
Social Economics, I have introduced a resolution to the ASE Board to
support IAFFE's position, support diversity, and have our ASSA Secretary
send a letter to AEA President Akerlof.
But in conversation with Ann Mari May, who has been in conversation with
IAFFErs such as Edith Kuiper, Susan Feiner, Stephanie Seguino, we want
to do more. Ann Mari is coordinating an effort to take out an
"advertorial" in the Chicago Tribune to get more attention to the lack
of diversity within economics, to represent the alternative view from
the mainstream AEA, even if we must pay for it. Naturally, the AEA
meetings will be well covered by the mainstream press, but perhaps not
our sessions or our initiatives.
I have also purchased 500 awareness ribbons. I have chosen maroon,
which is the official color for the economics discipline in academic
ceremony regalia or costume. I wil bring them to the ASSA meetings in
Chicago. I will distribute them to those who want to make a statement
for our cause:
* We wear maroon ribbons to stand in opposition to the AEA trying
to squash efforts toward EEO/AA.
* We wear maroon ribbons to stand in opposition to the white male
predominance and stranglehold on our discipline, which aids in
fortifying the mainstream in terms of theory, policy, and methodology.
* We wear maroon ribbons to support EEO/AA and encourage diversity
at the entry gates of the discipline and in the career ladders within
I hope we will continue to wear maroon ribbons at economics conferences,
official events with economists, search committee interviews, and the
like. We have been presented with a moment, a moment in our history.
We seize this moment. Following upon the heels of what Stephanie
Seguino has done, we proudly take a stand.
I will collect $1 as a voluntary contribution for each marron ribbon to
support our cause.
Deborah M. Figart
Dean of Graduate Studies
Richard Stockton College
P.O. Box 195, Jim Leeds Road
Pomona, NJ 08240-0195
Deb.Figart at stockton.edu
Co-Editor, Review of Social Economy
Check out some of my books:
Living Wages, Equal Wages: Gender and Labor Market Policies in the
Working Time: International Trends, Theory and Policy Perspectives
Women and the Economy: A Reader
Ethics and the Market: Insights from Social Economics
Living Wage Movements: Global Perspectives
Emotional Labor in the Service Economy
Contesting the Market: Pay Equity and the Politics of Economic
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