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Gender inequality: taking stock of attitudes and policies around the world

Comparative Politics
Democracy
Gender
Political Psychology
Public Opinion
P039
Marta Fraile
Universidad Autònoma de Madrid – Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del CSIC
Hilde Coffe
University of Bath

Building: Faculty of Social Science, Floor: Ground Floor, Room: FDV-13

Friday 11:00 - 12:30 (08/07/2022)


Abstract

The current backlash against women’s empowerment ostensibly sweeping many countries offers a critical moment to take stock of the scholarship we have at our disposal to understand the dynamics of such movements. First, values about gender equality cannot be taken for granted and progress in terms of gender equality currently appears to be reversible. This observation makes it all the more pressing to broaden our understanding of the various facets and forms of gender inequalities, but also of attitudes that underpin them, such as discrimination and sexism. Second, we should also consider the role that attitudes about gender inequalities play in the existing parallel processes of backlash against liberal values and autocratization ongoing in many countries across the world. Third, this context of gender resentment offers a unique opportunity to link attitudes about gender to support for measures targeting gender equality as well as policy outcomes. This panel welcomes empirical papers aiming to capture the attitudinal bases of support and resistance to specific policies/measures addressing existing gender inequalities regarding different dimensions of the daily life of both citizens and their representatives. The panel also welcomes empirical contributions examining public opinion towards every kind of perceived gender inequalities and/or discrimination (both implicit and explicit) such as sexism, or unequal treatment. We welcome comparative pieces but also case studies focusing on specific mechanisms explaining how citizens perceive and experience gender inequalities in their own societies. Last, analyses about why gender equality is a focal issue for some people, but irrelevant for others are welcomed.

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