Gendered innovation in the social sciences


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.

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

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


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.

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.

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

Political science

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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