Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog! This blog is intended as a starting point for conversations and big ideas and we are excited to have a place to share more in-depth information and where we can facilitate discussions between our Centre members. Please send any contributions to Gary Lindsay g.lindsay@mmu.ac.uk (although we cannot guarantee publication of everything we receive)

If you would like to write a guest blog please contact the Centre Heads Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk or Julia Rouse j.rouse@mmu.ac.uk.


Next Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre meeting is the Research Showcase Event in room G35 on 16th May

The next meeting of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre will be the Research Showcase Event, and will take place on Tuesday 16th May from 12.00noon-3.00pm in room G35 BS.

Please let Kate Cook (k.cook@mmu.ac.uk) know if you plan to attend?

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you.


Shared Parental Leave research project

This project, run by Jamie Atkinson (Manchester Law School) and Professor Ben Lupton (MMU Business School), seeks to explore some of the reasons for the low take up of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in the UK. SPL was introduced in April 2015 and was seen as in important step to support working parents who wish to share childcare, and a potential lever to reduce gender inequalities. The lack of take up, if it continues, is likely to impact on the ability to meet these important agendas.

The research team want to test the view that men’s role as fathers is frequently unacknowledged in the workplace, and that they are consequently less likely to request SPL.  The study will examine the process of implementing, accessing and negotiating SPL from three perspectives: male employees who have young children, line managers and HR professionals – and researchers will be interviewing participants from each of these groups. One outcome of the project will be the development of a practical action plan for employers to support them with dealing with SPL requests.

The researchers are currently recruiting participants for the study, and would be happy to interview employees who considered taking SPL but ultimately did not go ahead, as well as those who did formally request it.  We would also like to interview HR managers and line managers to find out about their experiences of managing SPL. Our focus, at least initially, is on private sector employers and their employees.

If you would be interested in participating or want to find out more about the study, please contact Jamie Atkinson on j.atkinson@mmu.ac.uk or 0161 247 6445 or contact Jamie via Twitter. His Twitter  handle is @atkojl

Invitation to apply for research visits – suitable for quants person working on ‘Gender’

Dear Colleagues,
EUROLAB – Gateway to Research Stays at GESIS is pleased to invite applications for one month research visits. GESIS operate the European Labour Force Survey, and so this would be useful for a quants person working on gender and the labour market.

Individual researchers, who want to work on data available at GESIS may apply for support to access EUROLAB for a maximum period of one month from September to December 2017 .

For further information visit: http://www.gesis.org/fileadmin/upload/201704_Call_EUROLABGrants.pdf


Natalie Rock

A statue for Sylvia

The campaign to erect a statue in memory of Sylvia is gaining momentum.  Can you possibly contribute a small amount?  here is the link to JustGiving :  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sylviastatue

This short film talks about Sylvia as an art student at our own Manchester School of Art and about her artistic work within the suffrage campaign.  https://vimeo.com/213489740?ref=fb-share&1

Thank you, Kate.

Dr Kate Cook,

Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre

Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre Showcase

We are holding another research event on Tuesday 16th May from 12.00 noon until 3.00pm, when everyone is invited to come along and speak about their research.  The only requirement is that your research interests are concerning gender.  You may want to talk about the work you have completed; work that is underway or ideas for future work.  You will be allocated a time slot to speak for 15 minutes (maximum) using three slides or less – however, the time allowed may be cut slightly if there is great demand for speaking slots. Everyone & anyone is welcome to come along and listen.

The Showcase will take place in the Business School and refreshments will be provided.  Please email myself – Kate Cook k.cook@mmu.ac.uk with questions, and let me know if you would like to present, or simply attend and support.

Thank you,


Reasearch Seminar: Short-changing career sacrifice? A critique of the courts’ approach to lost earning capacity on divorce


The courts have a wide statutory discretion to make financial orders on divorce. In the case of McFarlane (2006), the House of Lords highlighted the need to ‘compensate’ a spouse who had made a career sacrifice for her lost earning capacity as one of the main rationales for the exercise of this discretion, along with meeting needs and sharing the fruits of the marital partnership.

This paper will argue that the message from McFarlane was intended to be that a spouse in a dual career family can make a career sacrifice for the sake of the family in the knowledge that, if the marital partnership ends, she will not be left to bear the brunt of the financial consequences. The High Court judges have refused to apply compensation in this spirit and have failed to compensate exactly the sort of women that the House of Lords intended to benefit. The paper will demonstrate that the High Court’s approach is manifestly inconsistent with McFarlane. It will argue that this approach sends a message that de-values non-financial contributions and will suggest a better way forward.

Everyone is welcome to attend – it’s in SB 3.06 1-2pm on Monday 24 April.

Thanks very much.


Lucy Crompton – Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Manchester Met.

Call for Papers: “Intersexions: Reflections on Sex and Sexualities within Socio-Legal Studies” Joint GLAD and CCLCJ Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers Conference

Date: 11th May 2017

Venue: Durham Law School, Durham University

Organised by Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) and the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ)

See call for papers and further details here: Intersexions

Those interested in presenting a paper should email a title and abstract of no more than 500 words to Tara Beattie (tara.e.beattie@durham.ac.uk) and Sophie Doherty (sophie.m.doherty@durham.ac.uk) by the extended date of 11th April.

Attendance at the event is free. To register, email Tara Beattie or Sophie Doherty.