Gendered innovation in the social sciences

The 2016 ‘Gendered Innovations in the Social Sciences’ conference at the Australian National University focused on the positive contributions to the social sciences made by gender innovation. Following on from this, invited experts were asked to prepare case studies of how the understanding of fundamental questions has been improved by the application of a gender lens. A selection of these case studies are published here, illustrating the scope of gender innovation across social science disciplines. Each of the case studies begins with the gaps in knowledge that existed before gender perspectives provided a sharper focus and new policy insights.


Case studies

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

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.

The Anzac legend is the most popular and pervasive symbol of Australian nationhood. Innovative gendered perspectives expand our understanding of the Great War and challenge the dominance of the Anzac legend in the national iconography.

Breastfeeding and human milk provides an archetypical illustration of how feminist economic analysis has contributed new ways of thinking, and approaches to policymaking.

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

Smoking is one of the major public health issues that has been productively addressed by feminist social science research.

Feminist intervention has shown that women and men experiencing poverty differently.

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.

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

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute