Resisting Women’s Political Leadership: Theories, Data, Solutions

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:

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