Blogs & Commentary, Events

PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group at the PSA Conference 2019

We have a jam-packed PSA conference ahead of us - here in one handy blog post are all of the Women and Politics panels at Nottingham this year. Of especial note is our SG meeting on Monday lunchtime and our lunch on Tuesday to honour Professor Cynthia Enloe - see you there! Monday 15th 9.30-11.00… Continue reading PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group at the PSA Conference 2019

Blogs & Commentary

The Politics of Weight: Feminist Dichotomies of Power in Dieting

In recent weeks, celebrities who promote dieting products on social media websites have been heavily criticised by both medical professionals and campaigners. Professor Stephen Powis, an NHS medical director, argues that celebrities who advertise dieting pills and detox teas are causing irreversible damage to young people, who may seek to lose weight using “ineffective” and… Continue reading The Politics of Weight: Feminist Dichotomies of Power in Dieting

Blogs & Commentary

Where’s Mum? She’s in the House – Parents in Parliament

by Rosie Campbell and Sarah Childs A tweet from a male MP - the scan of his partner’s pregnancy. A tweet about a male MP – his partner posting a picture of their daughter screaming as he speaks in the first #babyleave debate. The debacle of Brandon Lewis MP following his whip’s instruction and breaking his… Continue reading Where’s Mum? She’s in the House – Parents in Parliament

Blogs & Commentary

‘At the Intersections’, University of Birmmingham, April 27th 2018

On Friday the 27th of April, the PSA Women and Politics specialist group co-sponsored the one day conference 'At the Intersections'. Organised with the PSA's Early Career Network, and the British Sociological Association's Race and Ethnicity Specialist Group, the event brought together academics working on intersectional politics from up and down the UK. We were… Continue reading ‘At the Intersections’, University of Birmmingham, April 27th 2018

Blogs & Commentary, Gender and Politics in the media

Westminster harassment: this is not just about sex, it’s about power

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

Blogs & Commentary, Gender and Politics in the media

Let’s Put the Champagne on Ice: The Commons’ Missing Women

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

Blogs & Commentary

Women: Mostly Missing from Introductory Political Science Texts

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