Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences

Political representation: The gendered effects of voting systems

The study of women and electoral systems finds that the type of voting system is a key predictor of women’s electoral success.

Feminist approaches to security studies

Feminist approaches to security studies have shaped the way we think about major security issues.

GESS project summary

Feminist scholarship has been central to the international success and prominence of the Australian social sciences. But how effective has feminist critique been in reshaping what counts as authoritative knowledge in the disciplines?

Emotional labour: Valuing skills in service sector employment

The concept of emotional labour has provided a particularly robust foundation for the quest for gender pay equity over the last 35 years.

Reconceiving the Australian nation

Feminist historians have challenged the traditional claim that men of power and influence have been key to nation-building and drivers of change in history.

Gender budgeting

Gender budgeting is a key government and civil society process that contributes to gender equal policy development and holds governments accountable for achieving gender equality goals.

Violence against women in politics: Rethinking definitions of political violence

Feminist scholarship has highlighted the need to adopt broader definitions of ‘violence,’ and to recognise that the motives and means of political violence may be deeply gendered.

Parliaments as gendered workplaces

Using feminist scholarship this case study explores debates and policy reforms that can make parliament a more ‘attractive’ career option for women.

Women in the Australian economy: Reconceptualising women’s place in the public sphere

Feminist historians have complicated any clear binary between public and private spheres, redefined concepts such as ‘work’ and ‘politics’, and provided more inclusive histories.

Feminist economics and retirement income and savings policy

The discipline of economics has neglected subjects that particularly affect women, resulting in policies that have produced gender inequality in retirement income.

About the project

Gender equity has still not been realised, despite decades of activism, policy and research. In some of the social sciences women make up less than 15 per cent of the professoriate. Yet these are the disciplines that should most aid our understanding of how gender works in society. This project asks what impact women’s limited influence and status in these key fields of research has upon our capacity to grapple with the social and political changes necessary for progress toward gender equality. In doing so, it builds persuasive arguments about how and why gender matters in the social sciences.

The project takes a new approach to advancing gender equity within Australian society by asking how well we can understand the problems if we do not first address patterns of gender bias within the social sciences. The project provides a complex picture of why social science disciplines differ so markedly in this respect and the costs for disciplinary innovation and social change. It also provides case-studies of gender innovation in the social sciences and its benefits.

Call for papers: Excellence and Gender Equality - Critical Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge in the Humanities and Social Sciences

This conference explores the intersection of gender equality and academic evaluation of excellence, with a specific focus on the Humanities and Social Science (HASS) disciplines. Proposals are sought by 6 March 2019.


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