Melanie Meng Xue, postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, will present her studies of a unique historical experiment on relative female income: the cotton revolution and its impact on the emergence of gender-equitable beliefs. The cotton revolution led to a prolonged phase (1300-1840 AD) of high productivity for women. She hypothesizes that a substantial, long-standing increase in relative female income can erode a resilient cultural belief: that women are less capable than men. Using variation across 1,489 counties in cotton spinning and weaving, she observes the trends in prenatal sex selection, gender-equitable beliefs and widow suicide in the 17th century. To further isolate the channel of gender-equitable beliefs, she estimates the effect of the cotton revolution under post-1949 state socialism-- where both genders had similar economic opportunities and political and legal rights --on predicting a higher probability for the wife to head the household. In addition, she observes the differences between high-value work and low-value work performed by women in shaping gender-equitable beliefs.
What was it that moved voters to support Donald Trump while many establishment voices opposed? The issues did play an important role but what were those issues and why did the people care? Are these issues still important and what role will they play next election?
To hear former Attorney General Jeff Session’s answer these questions and more, please join us at Johnson Chapel at 8 pm on April 24. Registration is open now at (see link bellow for tickets) for Amherst College students, faculty, and staff only. Doors will open at 7 pm. Please arrive early to ensure a good seat. The only thing that you should bring is your student ID. Bags and drinks will not be permitted inside Johnson Chapel.
Visit the Mezzanine Gallery in Frost Library to view Between the Imagined and Seen: The Hand-Pulled Prints of Betsey Garand and Microscope Images of Caroline Goutte, on exhibit from March 4 to Aug. 30. This exhibition is sponsored by the Arts at Amherst Initiative
Professor Caroline Goutte is chair of the Department of Biology and a member of the Program in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Amherst College. Betsey Garand is senior resident artist in the Department of Art and the History of Art at Amherst College.