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The blog of the Gender Politics Research Group, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh - and friends

Gender Quotas and the Myth of ‘Merit’

Originally posted on Women 50:50:
Dr. Meryl Kenny, University of Edinburgh  Bring up the topic of gender quotas and you will face a barrage of well-worn criticisms – they are undemocratic, they discriminate against men, they promote ‘token’ women, and so…

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In Defence of Lovenduskianism

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
Rosie Campbell, Meryl Kenny and Fiona Mackay In a recent post on the PSA Women and Politics Group’s blog, Jonathan Dean reflects on the June 2015 European Conference on Politics…

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The Gender & Early Career Researcher REF Gaps

Originally posted on Stephen R. Bates:
by Fran Amery, Stephen Bates and Steve McKay Men in psychology, economics and biology are so good at research that 29-30% achieved 4* outputs in the last Research Exercise Framework (REF). Women in theology;…

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Constitutions, Quotas and Women’s Political Representation

This blog was originally published with the Centre on Constitutional Change. Read the original post here.  By Meryl Kenny Constitutions capture aspirations for the future, setting out broader principles of fair treatment and representation. As such, constitutions inevitably have a … Continue reading

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Feminising Politics, Politicising Gender

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
Some musings following the 2015 European Conference on Politics and Gender from Jonathan Dean. The Fourth European Conference on Politics and Gender saw no fewer than 450 scholars from across…

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Why women talk less

Originally posted on language: a feminist guide:
This week on Newsnight, Evan Davis talked to three women about all-male panels—a subject made topical by the recent popularity of a tumblr set up to name and shame them. Why, he asked,…

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Another Crack in the Glass Ceiling? Leslie Evans appointed Scotland’s top civil servant

Another first for gender equality this week: with news that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had appointed Leslie Evans as Scotland’s top civil servant – the first time a woman has held this position. Guest genderpol blogger Professor  James Mitchell, University of … Continue reading

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