Women, austerity and citizenship

Dr Eleanor Jupp, Lecturer in Social Policy, discusses her research on how austerity might be affecting women in society, both in everyday ways and as citizens engaged in resistance and activism. Austerity is a term used to describe cuts to public services and spending in order to try to reduce government debt, and such cuts have been particularly apparent in the UK since 2010. Women have been shown to be particularly affected by austerity, because of the benefits and services they are more likely be reliant on. However, recently, women have also been particularly involved in pushing back against such cuts and organising both locally and nationally to resist austerity. A case study of women resisting the closure of Sure Start Children’s Centres shows how such resistance might bring new voices and experiences into the public sphere of political debate.

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