|5 Mar 2004
|Downing College, Cambridge
7th Annual Gender Symposium
Gender, Equality and Social Change – Post 1945
Howard Building, Downing College, Cambridge
Sponsored by CRASSH and the Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies
“the pace of social change is breathtaking… ..the most radical transformation of all is in the position of women.'
(Hutton and Giddens 2000).
Can we really look back and claim such a 'radical transformation' for women since 1945? Have we reached an era of equal conditions and capabilities for both sexes in contemporary society? If so, how did we get there? If not, are the obstacles to equality ultimately insurmountable?
This Symposium will seek to investigate common and contrasting responses to apparent large-scale shifts in gender roles with particular focus on questions of gender equality, encompassing attitudinal, lifestyle and policy changes in post-war western liberal democratic states.
Internationally renowned scholars from a range of distinct disciplines – including those interested in normative theorizing, macro-social structural change, contemporary history, social policy and life-style issues – will gather to evaluate the aspirations and realities of gender equality in an age of supposed 'equal opportunities'.
Jude Browne (CRASSH and Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies)
Marc Stears (Dept of Politics, Oxford University and Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies)