Gendered Federal Systems: Informal Institutions, Intersectionality and Change

Monday, November 23, 2015 13:00to14:30
Chancellor Day Hall NCDH 202, 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

Join us for an Annie Macdonald Langstaff lecture with O’Brien Fellow in Residence Laurel Weldon.


To understand gender in the study of contemporary federalist structures, this lecture distinguishes formal from informal institutions and theorizes the role that social movements can play in furthering gender equality. The aim is to contribute an intersectional approach to the study of gender and federalism that takes into account both the importance of informal institutions and the role of activism in sparking change towards greater gender equality.

The speaker

Laurel Weldon focuses on social movements, institutions and social policy. In particular, she examines the role of social movements in influencing public policy and is an expert on policies on violence against women. She is co-editor of the first ever Oxford Handbook on Politics and Gender and President-elect of the Women’s Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

Organized with the participation of the Peter MacKell Chair in Federalism.

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