Gender and Politics in the News

Here are some more recent articles on gender and politics. Again, it’s worth noting the wide range – as I said in class, politics is wherever there is a power dynamic at play – and where there is gender there is power.

A change in school uniform laws in Puerto Rico – https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/10/12/boys-can-now-wear-skirts-to-school-in-puerto-rico/

An article on today’s budget, one of the potential gendered outcomes concerns funding for domestic abuse shelters, rape crisis centres etc – http://www.irishexaminer.com/viewpoints/analysis/any-cuts-to-tusla-will-affect-victims-of-sex-assault-and-rape-358919.html

Following our discussions of gender quotas, a study from the London School of Economics and Political Science argues for wide ranging gender quotas. Interesting to note their focus on the problem as one of male over-representation, reflecting what we talked about in relation to problem framing! http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/oct/13/lse-study-gender-quotas-positions-power-women?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

A very interesting article on feminism in Japan – http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/10/03/lifestyle/women-japan-unite-examining-contemporary-state-feminism/#.VhY_aLRVikq

An article about Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathi from Kenya, interesting on the idea of a “good woman” – http://africanarguments.org/2015/10/06/wangari-maathai-was-not-a-good-woman-kenya-needs-many-more-of-them/

Next week we are talking about informal politics, so protest will be a key theme. Here’s a list of ten direct actions by women that changed the world – http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/12/women-direct-action-suffragette?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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