The reality behind a stalled gender equality revolution

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The reality behind a stalled
gender equality revolution
e NEWFAMSTRAT project has le no stone unturned in its quest to identify the
remaining obstacles to gender equality.
In the 1960s, European and North American women’s demands
for liberation and emancipation was one of the defining social
movements of the age. They wanted equal rights to employment.
They asked for their children’s fathers to do their fair share in
unpaid family work.
Most of their revendications have since been met with progressive
measures such as equal education opportunities, paid maternity
leave, parental leave targeting fathers and narrowing gaps in
wages and domestic assignments. Yet, researchers continue to
claim that the gender revolution is incomplete, or even stalled.
So, what happened? Well, no one knows exactly.
NEWFAMSTRAT (The New Shape of Family-Related Gender
Stratification) was launched to find out. “We have been analysing
national data using advanced statistical techniques, as well
as collecting primary experimental data. We interrogate the
predictive power of economic theories, and then develop new
testable theories that better map modern gender relations,” says
Lynn Prince Cooke, professor of social policy at the University of
Bath and principal investigator of ERC-supported NEWFAMSTRAT.
The project, which runs until the end of 2021, looks at the
very structure of gender inequalities at the individual, couple,
organisational and societal levels. As gender relations are not
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