How gender can transform the social sciences: Innovation and impact

Gendered innovation case studies prepared for the GESS project will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.

This collection, edited by Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins and Karen Downing, turns a spotlight on the contribution being made by gender innovation across the social sciences. The case studies show how the application of a gender lens has improved the understanding of fundamental questions. Each of the case studies begins with the gaps in knowledge that existed in a particular subject area before explaining how gender perspectives provided a sharper focus and new scholarly, disciplinary and policy insights.


Table of contents


Introduction. Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University



• The ethics of care: Valuing or essentialising women’s work? Fiona Jenkins, Australian National University

• Epistemic injustice and the credibility of women surgeons. Katrina Hutchison, Macquarie University


Political Science

• Political representation: The gendered effects of voting systems. Marian Sawer, Australian National University; Manon Tremblay, University of Ottawa

• Parliaments as gendered workplaces. Sonia Palmieri, University of Canberra

• Violence against women in politics: Rethinking definitions of political violence. Mona Lena Krook, Rutgers University

• Feminist interventions in security studies. Katrina Lee-Koo, Monash University



• Reconceiving the nation. Kate Laing, La Trobe University

• Gendered perspectives on Anzac. Carolyn Holbrook, Deakin University

• Women in the economy: Reconceptualising women’s place in the public sphere. Catherine Bishop, Macquarie University



• Feminist economics and retirement income and savings policy. Siobhan Austen, Curtin University; Rhonda Sharp, University of South Australia

• Gender budgeting. Marian Sawer, Australian National University; Miranda Stewart, University of Melbourne

• New ways to measure economic activity: Breastfeeding as an economic indicator. Julie P Smith, Australian National University; Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts

• The individual deprivation measure: A gender sensitive approach to multi-dimensional poverty measurement. Sharon Bessell, Australian National University



• Smoking as a gendered activity. Helen Keane, The Australian National University

• Emotional labour: Valuing skills in service sector employment. Anne Junor, UNSW Sydney

• The potential of men’s organisations in reducing disaster and climate risk: Applying a gender lens to Southern Africa. Kylah Forbes-Biggs, Durban University of Technology

• Toxic chemicals and their effects on sex/gender. Celia Roberts, Australian National University


Conclusion. Margaret Jolly, Australian National University


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