American Sociological Association Releases Report On 'The Realities Of Affirmative Action In Employment'

August 21, 1998

A press briefing will be held at the San Francisco Hilton, August 21, 12:30 PM on the 4th floor, Union Square 2 to announce the release of "The Realities of Affirmative Action in Employment," a report that examines the impact of affirmative action on reducing discrimination in the workplace.

The American Sociological Association undertook this study to bring social science knowledge to bear on this topic of great social importance, said Felice Levine, ASA's Executive Officer.

"Affirmative action has been politicized and hotly debated, but it has also been rigorously researched by sociologists and other social scientists," said Levine. "Barbara Reskin, the project leader and author, is a scientist of extraordinary rigor and breadth. We hope the report will foster intelligent public debate."

Barbara Reskin, Professor of Sociology at Harvard University is the author or co-author of several dozen books and articles on discrimination, segregation and professional life including Men and Women at Work: Sociology for a New Century (Sage, 1994); Job Queues, Gender Queues: Explaining Women's Inroads into Male Occupations (Temple University Press, 1990) and Sex Segregation in the Workplace: Trends, Explanations, Remedies (National Academy Press, 1984).

The briefing will be held in room 2 Union Square located on the 4th floor of the San Francisco Hilton, 333 O'Farrell Street.

During the Annual Meeting (August 20-25), Contact the ASA media office at (415) 923-7549.

American Sociological Association

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