Confronting and Reducing Sexism: A Call for Research on Intervention

Julia C. Becker, Matthew J. Zawadzki, Stephanie A. Shields

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This article presents the current state of research on confronting and reducing sexism. We first provide a systematic overview about prior work on confronting sexism. We identify gaps in the literature by outlining situational and contextual factors that are important in confronting sexism and introduce how these are addressed in the current volume. Second, we review prior work on reducing sexism. Compared to research on reducing other forms of prejudice, research on interventions to reduce sexism is rare. We explain why mechanisms that are successful in reducing other forms of prejudice cannot simply be adapted to reducing sexism. We then outline how the articles of this issue promote research, theory, and policy on reducing sexism. In conclusion, the aim of this issue is to bring together novel theoretical approaches as well as empirically tested methods that identify key antecedents and consequences of diverse ways of confronting and reducing sexism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-614
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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