"The cross-national effects of work-family policies on the wage penalty for motherhood"
Joya Misra’s work focuses on gender inequality among advanced welfare states, where gender equality has made the most progress but also where national variation is most apparent. Her research analyzes this variation over time, considering how gender inequalities have changed over the last 25 years and the extent to which family and household dynamics contribute to this variation. In her proposal entitled “Parenthood, Gender, and Earning Inequality in Advanced Welfare States,” she plans to analyze eighteen different advanced industrialized countries from 1985 through 2010. She considers how gendered cultural and policy contexts help explain these variations between countries and over time. She argues that not only is the shape of gender inequality dynamic, but that the causes of gender pay gaps are also dynamic. Misra’s previous work examines policy impacts on poverty, income inequality, and employment, as well as on carework, citizenship, and immigration in Europe. In 2010 Professor Misra won the Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Mentoring Award. She is currently the editor of the journal Gender & Society, the top-ranked journal in Gender Studies worldwide.