Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #358
Diversity submission PDS: Strategies for Empowering Women: Overcoming Gender Inequality, and Managing Professional and Personal Life
Sunday, May 26, 2019
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Fairmont, B2, Imperial Ballroom
Area: CSS; Domain: Translational
Chair: Fernanda Suemi Oda (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
LAURA L. GROW (Garden Academy)
SARAH A. LECHAGO (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Texas Christian University)

Gender inequality can be defined as girls or women not having equal access to education, health care, protection, well-being, or opportunities in the labor market. Despite some progress, society and science remain institutionally sexist. Women face gender-related problems worldwide and are still underrepresented in important areas. In light of the importance of the topic, the status of women in behavior analysis has been investigated. Although female representation has increased substantially over time, women continue to face serious challenges. The purpose of this panel is to empower women by discussing the gender gap and what can be done to close it. Three prominent behavior analysts will share their experiences as successful women and leaders in both academia and clinical settings. Panelists will also discuss strategies to handle barriers imposed by the gender gap, achieve goals, and manage professional and personal life.

Instruction Level: Basic



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