Feminism and Childcare Revisited: City University, October 8 2014

Room A130, College Building, City University London, St John Street London EC1V 4PB

What progress have we really made towards men and women equally sharing the childcare? 1970s second-wave feminism threw down the gauntlet: but did a younger generation pick it up? What are the barriers – social, psychological, cultural, economic and political – preventing an equal sharing of the labours and pleasures of looking after kids? What are ways it is possible to be ‘a mother’ and ‘a father’ in contemporary culture, and how are these roles changing? This panel brings together specialists from different generations and disciplines to discuss these issues and more.


Tracey Jensen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at UEL and is working on a book about the classed and gendered intersections of contemporary parenting cultures

Jill Rutter is the Head of Policy and Research at the Family and Childcare Trust and has conducted a major study into childcare in London

Victoria Showunmi is a Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education where she works on gender, identity, race and class and is a member of the Runnymede Trust 360 group

Sara de Benedictis is a PhD student at King’s College London studying maternal subjects on British reality TV and a research assistant at the LSE for a project on mothers and employment

Gideon Burrows is the author of Men can do it: The real reason dads don’t do childcare, and what men and women should do about it (2013)

Chairs: Jo Littler / Alison Winch


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