Conference Examines Feminist Influence in Education

A conference at the University of Sheffield next week will review the impact of feminism on education and assess feminism's future prospects for furthering the cause of gender justice and equal opportunities internationally.

The fourth International Gender and Education Conference, 14-16 April, will bring together speakers of international standing and almost a hundred delegates (male and female) from several countries, including South Africa, Botswana, the USA, Australia, Iceland and Greece. Its themes include women's participation at all levels in higher education, issues for boys and girls choice of subjects for school study, and representation in the media.

Among the conference sessions are:

Feminist employment law and policies: what every good university should be doing

"I'm not a girlie"; challenging hyper-femininity in the primary school

Educating girls and women for globalising economies

Working your heart out: gender, class and emotional labour in the academy

Keynote speakers are Professor Jane Kenway of the University of South
Australia, Professor Valerie Hey of Brunel University and Professor Debora Cameron of the Institute of Education at the University of London.

Conference organiser Dr Elaine Millard of the University of Sheffield's Department of Education said: "This conference is significant because it underscores the vital contribution feminism has made already towards understanding the role of gender in creating educational advantage or disadvantage; and it moves the debate forward to a new phase of international academic co-operation for gender justice."

Notes for Editors: The conference is organised under the auspices of the Gender and Education Association. The venue is the University of Sheffield's Stephenson Hall.

The full programme can be downloaded at: www.shef.ac.uk/education/events/gender.shtml

For further information: Please contact Jeanette Newcombe on 0114 2221032 or email mediateam@sheffield.ac.uk.