Conference on “Resisting Women’s Political Leadership: Theories, Data, Solutions,” May 22-26, 2017, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

This conference seeks to explore the nature, origins, and manifestations of resistance to women’s political leadership, taking a global perspective and engaging scholars and practitioners working in a host of related areas. Positioned at the nexus between theory and empirics, the aim is to share and develop theories and data of resistance to women as leaders, as well as to propose and critically evaluate solutions to tackle resistance and promote greater gender equality in political life.

Proposals are welcome for papers addressing all aspects of resistance to women’s political leadership. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, internal and external barriers to candidate selection, gender stereotypes and voter bias, the ‘glass cliff’ and female leaders, backlash against gender quotas and ‘quota women,’ gendered portfolio and committee assignments, gendered political institutions and practices, violence against women in politics and elections, sexist media coverage, and misogynistic online abuse.

Some funding may be available for travel and accommodation, with priority given to graduate student paper-givers.

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is December 15. Participants may also register to attend the conference without presenting a paper. Forms and more information are available at:

Women and leadership in a changing world

September 22nd and 23rd 2016

Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

The conference, the first of an annual series organised jointly with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, will provide a platform for delegates to participate in keynote sessions, panel discussions and with an opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues in an engaging and professional environment.

Speakers from across the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America will provide real world examples of the difficulties facing organisations in achieving gender balance in leadership in business, commerce, public service, education, technology and health services, how barriers can be overcome and the value of diversity in enhancing innovation and performance.

Emma Wretblad and Ruya Leghari through the UN Women Training Centre Community of Practice Invite all of us to the virtual dialogue:
This Virtual Dialogue will serve to generate discussion on some of they key issues raised by the Compendium of Good Practices in Training for Gender Equality, a compilation of exemplary practices in the field.
Convening experts, practitioners, researchers, academics and organisations, this Virtual Dialogue will offer a unique space to reflect on key elements of good practices in training for gender equality, the challenges training may face, and ways of collectively overcoming these hurdles.
When: 29 August – 16 September
Language: English and Spanish

Gender, Institutions and Change: Feminist Institutionalism after 10 years Conference

For details of the conference please see below and visit the conference website:

It is over 10 years since gender scholars started developing a feminist institutionalism in workshops and conferences leading to the creation of FIIN (Feminism and Institutionalism International Network – see for details). A great deal has happened since then, including the publication of Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism edited by Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay, and the establishment of a 5 year ERC Advanced Grant ‘Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective (UIC)’ (for further details of UIC see

This International Conference to be held 3-4 April 2017 at the University of Manchester, UK, will be the final event for the UIC Project. The overall aims of the conference are:

  • to take stock of where we are;
  • bring together the latest research – empirical and theoretical – that is both using and developing gendered institutional analyses; and
  • to discuss future research agendas for the gendered analysis of institutions, institutional change and feminist institutionalism.

Confirmed speakers include: Elin Bjarnegård, Louise Chappell, Sarah Childs, Susan Franceschet, Meryl Kenny, Mona Lena Krook, Vivien Lowndes, Fiona Mackay, Sven Steinmo, Mieke Verloo, Georgina Waylen and Laurel Weldon.

The conference is open to all those interested in gendered institutional analysis. We would therefore welcome individual paper proposals on any aspect of the study of gender, institutions, institutional change and feminist institutionalism – including both theoretically and empirically focused papers. Full panel and roundtable proposals are also welcome.

There is no fee to attend this conference, but participants will have to cover their own travel and subsistence costs (there will also be a small number of bursaries available).

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 1 September 2016 to:uicgenderconference(at) Deadline September 1.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the conference please see the conference website or contact via uicgenderconference(at)

Nel giugno del 2013 una storica sentenza ha permesso a Edith Windsor, attivista Americana, di veder riconosciuto il proprio diritto all’esenzione fiscale per i coniugi superstiti. Sposatasi in Canada, alla morte della compagna Edith ha dovuto intentare a New York una battaglia legale che ha avuto risonanza mondiale. Oltre agli aspetti legali, in quei giorni si è molto parlato anche della spilla indossata da Edith. In anni in cui sarebbe stato complicato parlare di un legame affettivo fra donne, la spilla di diamanti, un cerchio semplicissimo ed estremamente elegante, ha permesso di indossare sempre un simbolo di amore.

Oggi che in Italia è diventato possibile unirsi civilmente, molte coppie scelgono di scambiarsi anelli, come avviene nei matrimoni. A differenza che in altri paesi, tuttavia, la sensibilità dei gioiellieri è ancora scarsa. Una ricerca su Google permette di trovare anellini a 8 Euro (avete letto bene) e poco altro.

Nuovi riti permettono di creare nuovi modi di celebrare e testimoniare legami e affetti. Sarà interessante vedere se si affermeranno anelli, spille, bracciali o pendenti. Forse vincerà il concetto di arcobaleno, forse si rimarrà ancorati ad anelli più tradizionali, fedi e vere in oro o acciaio. Forse si affermeranno modelli unisex o forse molte donne preferiranno gioielli arcobaleno e molti uomini anelli con diamanti incassati. Forse ci sarà chi vorrà disegnare un gioiello unico come la relazione che vive. Una bellissima libertà di espressione che rispecchierà la molteplicità di legami che saranno riconosciuti a livello ufficiale.

Già dalla fine di agosto, tuttavia, si potrà cominciare a scegliere o a farsi realizzare gioielli su misura, perlomeno a Genova. Per una volta, infatti, la prima gioielleria a pubblicizzare la possibilità di realizzare gioielli e anelli per unioni civili è proprio a Genova.

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