This seminar will launch the short series ‘Feminism and Education’ coordinated by Dr Charlotte Hastings and Dr Clare Woolhouse, with the support of I4P and the Faculty of Education. We were prompted by Wonder Women, the campus-wide celebration of one hundred years since (some) women were awarded the vote, to invite scholars researching feminism and education (broadly defined) to share their work here at Edge Hill.
Teaching is often constructed as a ‘feminised’ profession. Drawing on her forthcoming book (Teachers, gender and the feminisation debate, Routledge), Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau will critically engage with this claim and analyse the way gender and power play out in the lives of men and women teachers. Using a range of primary and secondary sources, she will assess a view of teaching as ‘feminised’ – a term with multiple meanings yet often undefined. In particular, Prof Moreau will explore the various discourses and debates about the feminisation of teaching which circulate in media and policy circles in a range of local, national and international contexts and question some of the claims underpinning these discourses.
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Marie-Pierre Moreau is Professor in Education at Anglia Ruskin University. Her research is at the nexus of education, work and equality issues, with specific reference to gender. She has particular interest in how gender, social class and ethnicity shape people’s lives and in individuals’ discursive construction of equality matters.
The series continues in November with Prof Jane Martin (University of Birmingham) and Prof Heidi Mirza (Goldsmiths University).