Women’s Caucus

27 October, 2021

The Women’s Caucus was established at the 1979 APSA conference on the initiative of Carole Pateman and the late Marian Sawer with the twin aims of improving the status of women in the profession and rendering women visible in the political system. As Marian Sawer recounts it constituted ‘a form of rebellion against the kind of discipline to which I was introduced in the 1960s’ (2014, 553). The Caucus continues in its rebellious commitment to these two aims and combines them with an emergent embrace of an intersectional gender lens and decolonising feminised/ist practise to forge an inclusive plural space for women in the diversity in the Discipline and in politics more broadly.

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