Feminist Development

Feminist Development is the successor to the Gender Initiative Interest Group that helped form the Sociology of Development Section of ASA.

Join the Subsection listserv by emailing Kristy Kelly (kek72@drexel.edu).

Mission

Feminist theories have challenged development paradigms since Ester Boserup’s (1970) groundbreaking study. Despite nearly 50 years of feminist scholarship, however, many development approaches continue to sideline women, girls, and other marginalized groups. The failure to consider crosscutting power dynamics in development is obstructing intellectual growth as well as hindering the formation of more equitable development policies and practices (Bastia 2014).

Feminist Development brings together a diverse consortium of scholars and professionals who articulate and affirm feminist approaches to development, who seek more holistic understanding of the power dynamics informing development, and who support collaboration across difference. The Subsection provides a platform for exchanging information and resources on feminist development.

Leadership

We encourage you to contribute to the advancement of Feminist Development by sharing your ideas and resources with Subsection Leadership.

Co-Chair: Jennifer Keahey, Arizona State University
Co-Chair: Kristy Kelly, Columbia University | Drexel University
Secretary Treasurer: Devparna Roy, Nazareth College of Rochester
Subsection Council: Rae Lesser Blumberg, University of Virginia; Amira Karaoud, Independent Scholar; Susan Lee, Boston University; Marcia Texler Segal, Advances in Gender Research; Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, Clark University

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Some Feminist Development Topics

  • Gender ideologies
  • Women’s reproductive rights
  • Female-headed households
  • Intrahousehold inequalities
  • Violence against women and girls
  • Neoliberal economic policies
  • Women’s labor force participation
  • Microfinance
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • The whiteness of development
  • Educational attainment
  • Sustainable development
  • Female political leadership
  • CEDAW and women’s human rights
  • Gender budgeting
  • Migration and development
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Ecofeminism
  • Women and technology
  • Masculinity and development
  • Neocolonialism
  • Transnational feminism
  • Intersectionality
  • Participatory development

Founding Members of Feminist Development

Rae Lesser Blumberg, University of Virginia; Jennifer Keahey, Arizona State University; Kristy Kelly, Columbia University | Drexel University; Rebecca Kruger, Columbia University; Susan Lee, Boston University; Ann Oberhauser, Iowa State University; Farhana Sultana, Syracuse University; Yvonne Underhill-Sem, The University of Auckland; Mildred Warner, Cornell University; Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo

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References

Bastia, Tanja. 2014. “Intersectionality, Migration and Development.” Progress in Development Studies 14(3):237-48.

Boserup, Ester. 1970. Woman’s Role in Economic Development. London: George Allen &  Unwin.