Professor Rainbow Murray considers the ongoing sexual harassment scandals unfolding in Westminster, and asks what this tells us about our national political institution. From the time I was asked to write this piece to the time I started typing, another MP has been suspended. The Westminster sex scandal is unravelling so fast that there may… Continue reading Westminster harassment: this is not just about sex, it’s about power
With a record high number of women elected to Parliament, was the 2017 general election something to celebrate? Sarah Childs, Meryl Kenny and Jessica Smith re-assess the recent result and consider what it means for women's political representation. ‘Record-breaking’, ‘unprecedented’, ‘historic’ – these were the headlines after Thursday’s UK General Election. Some of the articles… Continue reading Let’s Put the Champagne on Ice: The Commons’ Missing Women
In a guest post for the PSA Women and Politics Blog, Amy Atchison (Valparaiso University) asks the crucial question of 'where are the women' in political science textbooks. Her research finds that gendered content in introductory political science texts is scarce and the quality of that content varies considerably, thus continuing to signal to students that… Continue reading Women: Mostly Missing from Introductory Political Science Texts
Jessica Smith (Birkbeck), Communications Officer for the PSA Early Career Network, reflects on the ECN's recent workshop on 'Demystifying and Navigating Early Career Academia', held at the University of Manchester on 3 February 2017. In February, the Political Studies Association’s Early Career Network hosted a day of workshops and panels at the University of Manchester aimed at… Continue reading Diversity in academia: It takes raindrops to make a river
By Sarah Childs I am the unnamed woman he couldn’t ‘make up’; I am the author of The Good Parliament Report; and my name is Sarah Childs. I am Professor of Politics and Gender at the University of Bristol, not ‘gender politics’ as was inaccurately reported, although to be honest I’m happy with that label. You… Continue reading AN UNLIKELY ADMIRER – AND ALLY – OF THE GOOD PARLIAMENT: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN
By Kate Mattocks (Liverpool Hope University) & Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (University of Birmingham) “I would like to stay in academia; however the future is very bleak for black female academics within political science. I would have to break that glass ceiling which will be another hard struggle on top of all the other struggles I face.… Continue reading Diversity, Inclusion, and Doctoral Study: Challenges Facing Minority PhD students in the United Kingdom
PSA Women and Politics member Jonathan Dean (University of Leeds) assesses the problematic messages behind - and alarming consequences of - recent debates over 'identity politics'[i] Amidst the recriminations and collective shock in the face of Trump’s victory (and the myriad other reverses suffered by progressives in 2016), a consensus is emerging: the weakness of the left is attributable to… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Identity Politics?