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Are Women for Women in Politics?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 1 – 2pm

Are Women for Women in Politics?

This public seminar by Larissa Peixoto Gomes, a PhD candidate in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, is part of a series entitled "Women Should be Both Seen and Heard." The series is organised by Women in Research Ireland with Trinity College's Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership.

Are female politicians more likely to represent women's interests once elected to power? That is our expectation, that our representatives will represent our interests. But, if that is so, why is there still so much gender inequality, even in societies with the largest percentages of female representatives? Why do we see gender parity cabinets arising from governments led by white men? How does one promote gender parity, and how does one promote women to support each other once in power?
Is it sustainable to aim for an equal representation of both genders in government, as well as ensuring that this equality does not bring with it further division? With such extensive global political flux, nothing is certain and many discussions are arising surrounding the current state of affairs. The newly elected Taoiseach of Ireland, Leo Varadkar has made a promise to elect a gender balanced 50/50 cabinet. So far, he has not kept that promise. Will he hold up his promise, and what could the potential outcomes be?
Larissa Peixoto Gomes is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has studied gender and politics across her academic career and her research now focuses on answering exactly these questions and understanding the gendered dynamics of parliamentary life.

The seminar will last approximately 30 minutes, after which there will be time for questions and chat. As this is a "brown-bag" event, attendees are welcome to bring along their lunch, while tea and coffee will be provided.
The event will take place in Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub. The entrance to the Long Room Hub can be accessed from Fellow's Square. The building is adjacent to the Old Library (where the Book of Kells is located) and the Arts Building. There are accessible toilet facilities in the building. If you have any additional accessibility requirements (ISL interpretation, etc.), please notify us in advance at
This seminar is an inclusive, QUILTBAG (queer and questioning, intersex, lesbian, transgender and two-spirit, bisexual, asexual and ally, and gay and genderqueer) friendly space.
All are welcome.

To register for this event, click here.

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Category: Lectures and Seminars, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Public
Cost: Free, but registration is required

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