Parity as Practice

Friday, March 30, 2012

WFF and the Yale Law School co-hosted a conference on “Parity as Practice: The Politics of Equality.” The conference was co-sponsored by the Yale Women Faculty Forum, the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School, and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund at the MacMillan Center. 

This conference on gender parity – taking as a starting point programs that have been established areas of both public and private concern – provided a forum for international scholars to discuss the impact of, as well as the challenges posed, by parity models. Because parity is advocated as a tool for achieving gender equity and is the subject of critique, the aim of this conference was to probe the contributions and the questions that parity programs entail. In order to facilitate this understanding, the conference interrogated the notions of parity, both as a marker of success and as a model of organization in locations and sites that are diverse – geographically, politically, and imaginatively.


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