Dr. Joan Williams is Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California Hastings College of Law.
“We must restructure the academic workplace to recognize the legitimate claims of family life, so both men and women can realize both their
professional and their personal goals. Only then will we be able to harness the full intellectual potential of academia.” Joan Williams is a prize-winning author and expert on work/family issues. Her book, Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What To Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2000), won the 2000 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award. She has played a leading role in documenting
workplace bias against mothers, and in organizing social scientists to document “maternal wall” bias.