Gender Equality and Modernity?

12th Jun 2018, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Tech Hub

This is a collaborative event between The British Academy and GenSex: the Gender and Sexuality Research group, hosted by Edge Hill University.

In this lecture, Professor Anne Phillips, Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics, and Fellow of the British Academy, suggests that gender equality is often claimed as a core value of modern or Western society, marking the distance travelled from earlier times or other lands.  As we celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave a qualified right to vote to some women in Britain, this session provides a vital, opportune moment to reflect on just how much credence we can give to that claim.

The event marks the centenary of partial progress in women’s suffrage, and, in the context of wider debates about the extent to which gender equality has been achieved in the period between 1918 and 2018, it questions the extent to which contemporary British society genuinely values gender equality as one of its core principles.  It considers the extent to which modern society is founded upon tokenism in terms of its relationship to gender and sexual equality.

Chair: Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Reader in English Literature, Edge Hill University, and Chair of research group GenSex.


  • 5.30 – Registration and reception – Prosecco and Canapés
  • 6.15 – Event begins, introduction from Dr. Mari Hughes-Edwards
  • 6.30 – Professor Anne Phillips, FBA: ‘Gender Equality and Modernity?’
  • 7.30 – Q & A
  • 8.00 – Event end


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