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Undoing gender inequalities in Portugal: a long and winding road

Author(s): Schouten, Maria Johanna Christina

Date: 2017

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Origin: uBibliorum

Subject(s): Gender inequality; Feminism; Portugal; History; Education; Domestic context


Over the past one hundred years, the movement towards gender equality has known advances and setbacks, in Portugal and all over the world. While acknowledging and outlining the major favourable developments, this paper discusses mainly some tendencies in the opposite direction, in particular those that increasingly emphasize and encourage, from an early age, differences between men and women, usually to the detriment of the latter. Examples in Portugal include the growing genderization of children’s toys and books (which in one case has triggered a widely-mediatized polemic in September 2017) and the importance of the colours pink and blue. After childhood, differences persist regarding choice of study, professional activities, salary and domestic responsibilities. In this respect, sociological research in Portugal has observed a backlash in the position of women, in particular as an effect of the 2010-2014 financial and economic crisis.

Document Type Lecture
Language English
Contributor(s) Schouten, Maria Johanna Christina
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