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Feb. 2, 2007

Professor Speaks On Black Lesbian Households Feb. 9

Families sometimes are asked, "Who wears the pants?" An upcoming lecture at the University of Iowa will address that question as it pertains to households headed by African-American lesbians.

Mignon R. Moore, assistant professor of sociology and African-American studies at the University of California-Los Angeles, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 at W113 Seashore Hall. Her lecture, "Who Wears the Pants? Household Decision-Making in Black Lesbian-Headed Households," is free and open to the public.

Moore plans to address whether factors besides income influence power in relationships between women. One factor Moore will discuss is "who has the primary status of 'mother' and who has the final say in tasks and situations that women typically control in heterosexual relationships."

Research for the lecture is drawn from a three-year study of same-sex union formation and child rearing among black American, West Indian and Latina women. Some of Moore's work is published in the fall 2006 issue of "Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society." She is also writing a book, "Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood among Black and Latina Women."

Moore earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Columbia University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Chicago. Her awards and honors include the Woodrow Wilson Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship and the Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar Award. The Human Rights Campaign is honoring Moore this month as an African-American leader who is promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality.

The lecture is sponsored by several departments within the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: sociology, women's studies and sexuality studies, as well as the UI's Institute for Inequality Studies.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. People with disabilities who require accommodation to participate in this program may contact the Department of Sociology in advance at 319-335-2502.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Nicole Riehl, 319-384-0071, nicole-riehl@uiowa.edu; Program: Joyce Craig, 319-335-2502