[Online: Special Lecture Series for I-House Members]
The Barriers that Hinder the Success of Women

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  • Speaker: Chizuko UENO (Sociologist and Feminist; Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Metropolitan University)
  • Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 6:30~7:30 pm
  • Place: Zoom (Online)
  • Language: Japanese (without interpretation)
  • Admission: Free (Registration required by August 31 noon)

I-House is holding a special lecture series exclusively for our members, inviting world-renowned individuals as guest speakers. In September, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ueno, who is a fellow of the “Nitobe Fellowship” which I-House organized for 32 years from 1976. She delivered an influential speech at the entrance ceremony of the University of Tokyo 2019: “I hope you won’t focus your efforts only to win the game for yourself.”

Japan was third in GDP last year, but was its lowest ever in the World Economic Forum’s gender gap index at 121 out of 153 countries. She will talk about measures that are effective in realizing a gender equal society, including examples from other countries.

She will also suggest what we can do in our respective positions at the workplace, school, and home and how we can change our consciousness to break the vicious cycles brought on by gender socialization which still remain deeply rooted in society determining “proper” behavior for men and women.

The challenges and new perspectives which have been highlighted this time of the coronavirus will also be addressed. As there will be a question-and-answer session after the lecture, please feel free to ask questions when you register.

Chizuko UENO
(Sociologist and Feminist; Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo)

Born in Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. After completing her doctoral course in sociology at Kyoto University, Dr. Ueno held teaching positions at the Heian Women’s College and Kyoto Seika University, the International Research Center for Japanese Studies, the University of Bonn, Columbia University, and the College of Mexico, and was a visiting scholar at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. In 1993, Dr. Ueno was appointed Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, the University of Tokyo, and then Professor of Sociology, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, from 1996 to March 2011. She was a special invited professor at Ritsumeikan University from 2012 to 2017. She serves as Chief Director of the certified non-profit organization, Women’s Action Network (WAN), since April 2011. Dr. Ueno is a pioneer and leading theorist in women’s studies and gender research and also conducts research on nursing and care for the elderly. She has authored a number of books, including Kindai kazoku no seiritsu to shuen (The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Modern Family) (Iwanami Shoten), which won the Suntory Award for Academic Publications in 1994. In 2020, she was selected as a International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.