Professor Hazel Conley: Inaugural Lecture
Public Issues and Private Troubles: Women, Work and the State
Most women have their public lives defined by the private, while their ability to enter the labour market or public life more broadly often depends on a state willing to 'interfere' in unequal gendered social relations that spill over from the private to the public.
Establishing the post-war welfare state was a working-class victory. Only after extended and concerted collective action by women from a wide range of social backgrounds to shape it in ways that challenged male breadwinner models of the family did the modern welfare state start to become a feminist victory. As Heidi Hartman noted in 1979, the combination of class politics and feminism is often an 'unhappy marriage', but is it a union that no man or austerity can put asunder?
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Hazel Conley is Professor of Human Resource Management in the Faculty of Business and Law. Professor Conley joined UWE in 2015 from Queen Mary University of London where she was a Reader in Human Resource Management. Hazel is an associate editor of Gender, Work and Organisations and Equality and Diversity International and was an editorial board member of Work, Employment and Society between 2009-15.
Professor Conley was the membership secretary of the British Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) between 2004-7 and is the Chair of the European Sociological Association Research Network on Gender Relations, Labour Markets and the Welfare State (RN14).