Speaking up for women in the neo-liberal university

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Tuesday 23 May 2017

VU's Feminist Research Network (FRN) brings you this event on equality, inclusion and neo-liberalism, presented by the National Tertiary Education Union president Jeannie Rea.

The rhetoric of equality and inclusion is all over university mission and value statements, and women are now the majority of staff and students, yet women when it comes to determining our own narrative, it still feels as though women are a minority with limited voice and agency. Vertical and horizontal gender segregation hardly shifts and the gender pay gap is around 10% across the education sector.

But when we speak out as feminists interrogating the possibilities, efficacy or even wisdom of focussing upon getting more women into positions of power in the neo-liberal university, we find we are increasingly marginalised. Feminist critical discourse has to fight for space, and intersectional analysis which complicates further the easy rhetoric of inclusion is not often welcomed.

This event is free and is open to FRN members and the university community - staff, students and researchers.

There will also be time for questions at the end.

About the speaker - Jeannie Rea

Jeannie Rea

Jeannie Rea has been speaking out as feminist and unionist in tertiary education for decades. She taught women’s and gender studies in TAFE and higher education. Jeannie is currently the NTEU National President, coming to the position from Deputy Dean in the then Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development at VU.


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Footscray Park Campus - Building A


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23 May 2017, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

Building A, Room A432

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