Gendering the Independence Debate

Room: 
Town Hall - Council Chamber
Time Slot: 
Monday 30th March 11:30 - 13:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
Panel Members: 
  • Professor Kirstein Rummery (University of Stirling)
  • Dr Craig McAngus (University of Aberdeen )
  • Ms Fiona McKay (University of Strathclyde)
  • Ms Jenny Morrison (University of Glasgow)

This panel, organized by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group, assesses the role of gender in the 2014 Scottish independence campaign. In contrast to the devolution debates of the 1990s, women’s voices and debates over gender equality were not as prominent in debates surrounding the referendum on Scottish independence. The papers in this panel ask why this was the case, reflecting on the gendered dimensions of the referendum debate and speaking to multiple, yet related, aspects of the campaign – beginning with an overview of the role that gender played in the campaign and the (lack of) focus given to women’s/gender issues (Kirstein Rummery and Craig McAngus), before going on to assess gendered media representations of female political actors in the referendum debate (Fiona McKay). Subsequent papers focus more explicitly on the role of women’s organizing in the campaign, providing a gendered analysis of the messages of ‘Women for Independence’ and ‘Women Together’ (Craig McAngus and Kirstein Rummery), as well as the Radical Independence Campaign (Jenny Morrison). Together these papers provide new insights into an under-researched area of the independence campaign, while also offering some reflections on the implications of these processes for women and for gender equality.