IPSA Gender Monitoring Report

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) has just published the Gender Monitoring Report 2011.

“Since women have long been under-represented in the membership and senior levels of political science associations, IPSA has decided in 2009 to establish a gender monitoring system to track the status of women in political science. The gender monitoring survey of national associations is conducted under the aegis of the IPSA Committee on Participation and Membership, with the assistance of the IPSA Secretariat. This initiative has been discussed at length, and the questionnaire was first sent to national PSAs in 2011. While information on participation in political science among women is already available in a number of countries, the IPSA survey is the first to provide substantial comparative data from all continents.”

To read the full report click here


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Women’s Advancement in New Zealand Political Studies Workshop

It is great to see that our friends in New Zealand will be hosting ‘Women’s Advancement in New Zealand Political Studies’ workshop. For those planning to go the conference please consider attending this important workshop. We look forward to discussing the common themes and potential solutions.

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Modest Proposals

Should keynote speakers decline invitations to conferences that have an all male line up? Read the discussion of the issue in ‘When modest proposals go too far’.

The call to decline invitations to all male events was put out yesterday by philosophers, Mark Lance & Eric Schliesser, you can read their call here. It is easy to see how this can apply to conferences and workshops in Political Science. However the issue is not without opposition with some arguing that this ‘goes too far’.

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Why women still cannot have it all

Many of you will have seen Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the Atlantic, entitled, ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All’. If you haven’t yet, it is well worth a read. An interesting take on generational change and social pressures.Image


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Presentation of Report at the ANU

Presentation of Report at the ANU

The report, ‘Women’s Advancement in Australian Political Science’ was presented to the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR), Australian National University in a joint event with the ANU Gender Institute.

Above is a photo of the report’s author’s Alison Plumb, Kirsty McLaren, Mhairi Cowden and Marian Sawer (L-R).

The report was warmly received by the school and we are happy to report that SPIR has formed a committee to implement the report’s recommendations within the school.

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by | March 19, 2012 · 11:36 am

Women’s Caucus APSA 2011

Women's Caucus APSA 2011

The meeting of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) Women’s Caucus in September 2011

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by | March 19, 2012 · 11:30 am

The Catherine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship

Submission deadline: March 1, 2012

Named in honor of the founding editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the Catharine Stimpson Prize is designed to recognize excellence and innovation in the work of emerging feminist scholars and is awarded biannually to the best paper in an international competition.  Leading feminist scholars from around the globe will select the winner.  The prizewinning paper will be published in Signs, and the author will be provided an honorarium of $1,000. All papers submitted for the Stimpson Prize will be considered for peer review and possible publication in Signs.

Eligibility:  Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (less than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize.  Papers may be on any topic that falls within the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship.

For details, see: http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/signs/stimpson.html. <http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/signs/stimpson.html>

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You might be interested in this excellent edition of ‘Public Ethics Radio’ by Professor Samantha Brennan. Professor Brennan was a recent visitor at the Australian National University. Here she talks about the importance of addressing microinequalities.

In the West, women and men share equal status under the law. But in countless practical ways, women experience inequality on a daily basis. Why is it that a woman can lead a country, yet women are slower to be served in coffee shops? Today on Public Ethics Radio, we dive into the structure of women’s inequality with Prof. Samantha Brennan.

Samantha Brennan is a professor of philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. For an example of her work on women and inequality, see her “Feminist Ethics and Everyday Inequalities,” Hypatia 24, no. 1 (2009).

Click here to download the episode (30:45, 22.2 mb, MP3), or click on the online media player below. You can also download the transcript.

So much of this discussion is relevant to women within the discipline of political science.

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Workshop Report

We now have the finalised report of the workshop, ‘Women’s Advancement in Australian Political Science’. The report includes a set of recommendations that arose from the workshop.

You can download the report here

Women’s Advancement in Australian Political Science Report

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Workshop Thanks

Thanks again to the participants, speakers and panelists at last Thursday’s workshop. A special thanks go to all of those who stayed and participated in the final session, I know how exhausted everyone was after three full days of APSA. It was a really successful day and we appreciate your contribution. Thanks again to Jane Elix, Marian Sawer, Alison Plumb and Kirsty McLaren for all their wonderful work on making this workshop happen.

From here we will be pulling the rough strategies and recommendations together into a formal report. In order to do so we would appreciate your ongoing help. If you have anything you want to say in writing, or fantastic ideas that have come to you after leaving the workshop, or simple suggestions for some of the strategies – please email me at mhairi.cowden@anu.edu.au or contribute to the blog!

We are also asking those who would like to, to send through stories they have experienced. The stories included in the report will of course be anonymous but this sort of qualitative element will add to the force of the quantitative data we will be presenting.

Finally to those who spoke and presented at the workshop, can you please email me your presentation or power point slides (or both) so that we can make sure we have properly included your contribution.

I will post the draft report up on the blog and also some of the papers from the workshop.

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