The women's movement and Canadian and Australian education: from liberation and sexism to boys and social justice

Gaskell, Jane & Taylor, Sandra C. (2003) The women's movement and Canadian and Australian education: from liberation and sexism to boys and social justice. Gender and Education, 15(2), pp. 151-168.

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This paper provides a comparative analysis of the ways in which the women’s movement was able to effect change in educational policy and practice in Australia and Canada between 1970 and 2000, drawing on interviews and document analysis in both countries. While the movement in both countries drew on similar international texts and conversations, it had more sustained state support in education in Australia. Despite the different degrees of institutionalisation, similar trends emerged in both countries. There was more public visibility for the movement in the 1970s and 80s than in the 90s, and a shift in discourse from ‘women’s liberation’ and ‘sexism’ to boys and social justice. We argue that the movement continues to be a creative source of ideas and change even when it is less visible and less formally represented, and that differences in outcomes are not easily linked to differences in institutionalisation. In both countries, major change has occurred, although the demands of the movement have not been realised.

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ID Code: 2127
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: education policy, feminism, women's movement, social change
DOI: 10.1080/09540250303855
ISSN: 1360-0516
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Gender and Education 15(2):pp. 151-168.
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:38

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