Once disregarded by politicians and students of politics alike, women – and the issue of gender more generally – now occupy a slightly less peripheral position in real-world and academic politics. There are more elected female representatives in the world than ever there were while even the Political Studies Association has a Women and Politics Specialist Group.
However, as feminists pointed out way back in the 1970s, consideration of women and gender raises all kinds of basic questions about the meaning of ‘politics’ itself and what should be considered ‘political’.
Reflecting the different implications of what Life magazine in 1971 termed the ‘Woman Problem’, these recent posts tackle subjects as diverse as trashy novels, changes in the law and resistence in the Third World.
Sara Motta speculates on what it means when a woman covers her face.
Steven Fielding puts Kay Burley’s new novel Ladies First into context.
Sara Motta looks at the role women play within movements resisting the consequences of neo-liberalism in the Third World.
Ros Hague assesses the implications of the recent judgement that women and men should pay the same car insurance premiums.