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Women’s Empowerment without Gender Equality: Care and Work in Contemporary Japan

  • Mari Miura
Tuesday 20 September 2016
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Women in general, and working mothers in particular, occupy a strategic position in Japan’s welfare capitalism. In order to generate economic growth amid the shrinking labor force, policy makers have pursued numerous working-women friendly polices without producing yet tangible results. I will show that the lack of concerns on gender equality makes these polices at best schizophrenic, if not mutually contradictory.

About the speaker

Professor of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Sophia University. Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. Author of Welfare Through Work: Conservative Ideas, Partisan Dynamics, and Social Protection in Japan (Cornell University Press, 2012), Making Our Voices Heard—Revival of Representative Democracy (in Japanese, Iwanami Shoten, 2015), co-editor of Gender Quotas in Comparative Perspectives: Understanding the Increase in Women Representatives (in Japanese, Akashi Shoten, 2014).

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