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The Gendered Language of Leadership

Saturday 8 June 2024, 1.45PM to 2:45 PM

Speaker(s): Professor Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

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How does the gendered nature of language shape societal associations about the character of leadership, especially who is and what it means to be a ‘good’ leader?

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield of the University of York explores how language – particularly linguistic structures and word usage – shapes how individuals think about gender-based differences and norms, and how changes in gendered language use reflect shifts in those norms and gendered associations of leadership.

Photo credit: flickr/UN Women/Catianne Tijerina

About the speaker

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield is a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York. Her research focuses on comparative political institutions with a special interest in the link between gender and political representation. Her published works examine diverse topics including decentralised governance, electoral rules, peacebuilding and peace durability, public health outcomes, executive authority, and gender and language. Her ongoing projects investigate the relationship between decentralised governance and maternal health in Southeast Asia, and exploring how gendered language structures and usage shape opportunities for and evaluations of political leadership around the world. She has consulted with the United Nations and US Agency for International Development, conducted fieldwork and partnership activities in Indonesia and the Philippines, currently serves as joint editor-in-chief of Political Studies (the flagship journal of the UK’s Political Studies Association), and is the co-founder of the Women in Southeast Asian Social Sciences network.

Location: Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York

Admission: Free, please book a ticket