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Queen's professors comment on International Women's Day

2012-03-09

Kathy Lahey – Gender Studies, Faculty of Law

Professor Kathleen Lahey can speak to all aspects of sex/gender equality, including economic inequalities faced by women, the role of recessions and crisis policies in perpetuating women's inequality, and the importance of gender-balanced policies in sustaining human life and well-being. Her most recent research has documented the Harper governments' protracted attacks on all aspects of the women's movement in Canada, producing some of the largest gender wage gaps since the 1960s, and making it extremely unlikely that the girls of today will live equal lives when they become adults.

Professor Lahey is only available for phone interviews.

Elizabeth Shilton – Centre for the Contemporary Workplace, Faculty of Law

Professor Elizabeth Shilton can comment on trends in workplace equality for Canadian women, and on the likely impact on women of current trends in retirement income policy and practice.Dr. Shilton is a Senior Fellow with the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Faculty of Law. She is also an adjunct professor at Queen’s and teaches an advanced labour law seminar on Human Rights in the Workplace. Prior to joining the Centre at Queen’s, she practiced for many years with a Toronto-based boutique law firm, where her practice focused on labour and employment law,  human rights law and pension law. Her current research interests focus on workplace human rights, and on domestic and comparative employment pension policy.

Dr. Shilton is only available for phone interviews.

Annette Burfoot - Gender Studies, Sociology, Cultural Studies

Professor Annette Burfoot can comment on women and reproductive technologies, women and science and technology generally, women's movements and, gender and popular culture. Her current research is focused on women breast cancer patients (especially marginalized women) and their experiences of diagnosis and treatment through photo taking and photo sharing (Photovoice). She is also examining the socio-technical development of urban places (in Italy and Canada) with attention to gender.

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