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The Global Conference on Women and Gender

Gender, Politics, and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance, and Representation

March 18 - 20, 2021

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We have reserved the same theme from our postponed 2020 conference: Gender, Politics and Everyday Life: Power, Resistance and Representation.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together participants from all academic fields to engage in wide-ranging conversations on gender and politics around the world. While formal politics loom large in 2020, we encourage an expansive understanding of political action and expression, inspired by Carol Hanisch’s essay, “The Personal is Political,” which sees all relationships of power as political and connects women’s experiences, self-expression, and values to their lives as political actors and subjects. Given current travel restrictions related to COVID-19, our 2021 Conference will be held completely online.

Topics may include but are not limited to the past and/or present intersection of gender and politics in:

  • Suffrage expansion
  • Feminism
  • Voting and candidacy
  • Organizing and activism
  • Media representation
  • Artistic and literary expression
  • Motherhood and family life
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Reproductive rights
  • Race and racism
  • Disability rights
  • Employment
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Violence
  • Religion
  • Law
  • Business and management
  • Leadership
  • Social media

Submissions from any academic discipline are welcome, including but not limited to art, history, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, psychology, environmental science, medicine, biomedical ethics, economics, political science, gender studies, communication studies and literature. We also invite professionals in nonacademic settings to submit proposals.

Both panel and individual paper proposals are welcome.
Please submit a 350 to 500 word abstract by December 1, 2020.

Please include with your abstract your full name and your academic or professional affiliation and rank (graduate student, professor, artist, etc.). Abstracts that greatly exceed the 500-word count may not be considered. We will also include a few competitively selected undergraduate panels in the 2021 conference. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and those accepted will be notified no later than December 15, 2020.

Paper presentations will ideally be 15-20 minutes in length and can be considered for our annual publication.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.


We often publish a selection of top papers from the conference and will provide further details to conference participants.

  • All individual presentations should be limited to 20 minutes in order to leave time for questions from the audience.
  • We will not accept papers in absentia.
  • Closer to the conference date, we will email all participants asking for A/V requirements. All of our conference rooms have A/V setups.
  • All paper submissions for the conference are peer-reviewed by the conference committee.

Previous Conferences

2016 - Inaugural Conference
Keynote speaker: Sheryl WuDunn

2017 - Understanding, Defining and Preventing Violence
Keynote speaker: Rosemary Trible

2018 - Women, Social Change and Activism: Then and Now
Keynote speaker: Yeonmi Park

2019 - Intersectionality: Understanding Women’s Lives and Resistance in the Past and Present
Keynote speaker: Sophia Nelson


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Women, Social Change, and Activism: Then and Now


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