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University of Glasgow presents…Do We Need Feminism?

1st June, 2015 at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Do We Need Feminism
University of Glasgow Centre for Gender History presents: Do We Need Feminism? Gender inequality, violence and sexism in the present day.

What does feminism mean in the present day, and to what extent is the current attitude towards feminism different from the way feminism has been seen in the past? What are the legacies of second-wave feminism and what can we still learn from it today? Are younger generations of women aware of the persistence of sexism, sexual violence and gender inequality, and can feminism be useful in tackling these issues?

This workshop explores current attitudes towards feminism and its legacy in the present, and promotes discussions about the role feminism can play in the struggle for a more equal and less sexist society.


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10.00-10.30/Welcome and Introduction

10.30-12.30/Do we need feminism today?
Keynote lecture: Prof Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh), Transforming the face of politics? Women politicians and the feminist campaigns that got them there
Respondent: Dr Victoria Browne (Oxford Brookes)
Followed by roundtable discussion with:
-Louise MacKenzie and Judith Hunter, Glasgow City Council Equality Network
-Emma Ritch, Engender

12.30-13.30/Lunch break

13.30-14.45/Fighting sexual violence
Respondent: Dr Andrea Thomson (University of Glasgow)
-Dr Rosemary Elliot & Dr Annmarie Hughes (University of Glasgow), Language, the law and the question of consent: Historical perspectives on sexual violence in 20thcentury Scotland
-Kirsti Hay, Glasgow Violence Against Women Partnership

14.45-15.15/Tea & coffee

15.15-17.00/Learning from feminism
Respondent: Dr Andrea Hajek (University of Glasgow)
-Dr Sarah Browne (Independent Researcher), Looking back, moving forward: Legacies and lessons from the Women’s Liberation Movement in Scotland
-Sophie Kromholz and Halina Rifai, TYCI Glasgow

17.00-18.00/Wine reception

Sponsored by the University of Glasgow’s Knowledge Exchange Fund,
New Initiatives Fund, Equality and Diversity Unit and the Centre for Gender History


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