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Gender Sensitive Parliaments: Being an Academic Critical Actor

Prof Sarah Childs (University of London, Birkbeck) gives her Athena Swan Inaugural Lecture, hosted by Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

  • 14 Oct 2019, 5.15pm to 14 Oct 2019, 6.45pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • Chancellors' Building, 1.12, University of Bath
  • This event is free
UK Parliament at night
Prof Childs' recommendations are a blueprint for a more representative and inclusive House of Commons

Join gender scholar Prof Sarah Childs as she reflects back on the three years since she produced The Good Parliament Report (TGP, 2016), which made its recommendations on how to make parliament more diversity sensitive. As advisor to the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion, Prof Childs identified over forty recommendations for reform of Parliament and its internal processes.

Since publication of TGP, Prof Childs has worked to ensure it does not languish on the metaphorical shelves. Now she looks back at the reforms that have come about since 2016, including proxy voting for baby leave, and at working as a feminist academic and actor for change operating in Westminster.

Attending the Lecture

This event will be followed by a drinks reception in the Chancellors' Building level 2 foyer.

Children are welcome to attend this lecture.

Speaker Profile

Sarah Childs is Professor of Politics and Gender Director of the Centre for the Study of British Politics & Public Life at the University of London, Birbeck. She has published widely on women, representation, party politics and Parliament.

Her recent publications include the edited volumes Deeds and Words (2015) with Rosie Campbell and Gender, Conservatism and Political Representation (2015) with Karen Celis. In 2020 she will publish a book entitled “Feminist Democratic Representation” with Karen Celis, and begin a one year Leverhulme fellowship “Building Feminist Institutions.”

PoLIS Athena Swan Inaugural Lecture

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Chancellors' Building, 1.12 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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