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Melody Valdini Keynote Lecture
Women who represent men: Preserving political masculinities through women allies

In the early years of women’s presence in the political sphere, women in office shared many traits. No matter their party, these women were pathbreakers and (often quiet) feminists focused on increasing women’s equality. In recent years, however, elected women’s personalities and priorities have greatly diversified. Thus, it may be time to reconsider our expectations of the consequences of women’s representation. In this keynote, I consider the impact of the continuing norm of masculine practices and structures on the type of women who come to power, and I suggest that there is a potential for men to facilitate the rise of women who see the value (political or otherwise) of maintaining the power of political masculinities.

Melody E. Valdini is Professor and Chair of the Political Science Dept at Portland State University, USA.

Jun 18, 2021 05:00 PM in Amsterdam

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