International Women's Day and Women's History Month

How do the social sciences contribute to work on progressing gender equality?

Here at LSE, students and staff across diverse academic departments, research centres, network groups and the Library are contributing to work on gender equality. This March, we showcase their work while celebrating #BalanceforBetter for International Women's day and Women's History Month.

Find out about the latest LSE news, blogs and research in the field of gender equality.


Why are widows so often omissions of commissions?

Roseline Orwa, Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at LSE’s International Inequalities Institute and CEO and founder of Rona Foundation, addresses the absence of widows in reporting about women in post-conflict regions.

It takes a village: career choices are influenced by society more than by upbringing

Societal shifts have been responsible for an increased tendency for women to sort into traditional male roles over time, writes LSE's Grace Lordan.

Gender inequality at work and at home: a double whammy for women

Read this article from LSE's Shani Orgad on the LSE Business Review blog, part of a wider series on the blog about gender. You can also read Shani's latest reseach highlight 'Staying Mum'.

Apps and the Gender Gap: why ‘mobile money’ leaves poor women behind

On the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity blog, Anjali Sarker discusses the gender gap in financial access in Bangladesh.

Looking beyond Padman: a need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty 

On the South Asia at LSE blog, Ernestina Coast, Joe Strong and Samantha R Lattof discuss the experience of menstruation in India.

Taking #MeToo into global supply chains

Harassment and abuse are widespread among suppliers of multinationals, but better worker representation can offer women a protected voice, write Sarah Ashwin and Naila Kabeer.

Five must-read books...

LSE's South Asia blog presents five must-read books for Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Are we asking the right questions? Reframing peace and security

Christine Chinkin, Centre for Women, Peace and Security, questions the basis on which we talk about war, conflict and women’s experiences.

Tackling Violence Against Women

A blog from the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

#IWD2019 at the LSE Review of Books

A showcase of women's scholarship across the social sciences and humanities.

Gender bias in peer review – opening up the black box

Read this article on the latest research into gender bias in peer reviews on the LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog.

Gender pay gap reporting: the agenda for change needs to be broadened and deepened

New on the LSE British Policy and Politics blog, what should change ahead of the second round of gender pay gap reporting in April?

Women know more about politics than you think

How we ask people about their political knowledge is biased to favour men.

Films and podcasts

Women in the City

Three female leaders in business and finance, Pavita Cooper, Bronwyn Curtis, Elisabeth Stheeman, share their experiences from their varied careers to mark International Women’s Day. 

What is the relationship between feminism and misogyny? and How can privileged women support progress on gender equality?

In these short #LSEThinks films, Sarah Banet-Weiser answers two topical questions.

Healthy Minds

Find out the results of a pilot for a new curriculum that redefines personal, social and health education in secondary schools, with Grace Lordan and Richard Layard.

Generations of feminism?

We often talk about different generations of feminism, but do these distinctions make sense? This panel discussion featured LSE's Clare Hemmings and was chaired by Anne Phillips.

Women and weapons

A panel of leading experts discuss the role of women and disarmament. 

From pillars to practice: pushing the boundaries of 'women, peace and security'

At the UK launch of the Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security, the authors took stock of what has and hasn’t been achieved. 


Protecting women and girls in refugee camps

A report prepared by Elizabeth Rose Donnelly and Viknes Muthiah for the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

Gender, Equality and Power Commission

Read the latest from the Commission, which informs public and policy debates in the UK concerned with addressing inequality and power imbalances between women and men.

Different methods needed to tackle inequality in global health

Clare Wenham shows that engaging with feminist theory and feminist research is vital to diminish the structural barriers women face in the global health agenda.   

Double ‘pay penalty’ for working-class women in elite occupations 

Research by authors, Sam Friedman and Daniel Laurison reveals a nearly 60 per cent pay gap between the least advantaged women and the most advantaged men.

Gender and bias in the International Relations curriculum: insights from reading lists

This paper, by Kiran Phull, Gokhan Ciflikli and Gustav Meibauer from the Department of International Relations, is based on the work of the IR PhD-led Gender & Diversity Project.

Candidates' Wives and the Co-Construction of Leadership

Research from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, from analysing speeches made at national party conventions in US elections campaigns from 1992-2012.

Fathers less likely to hold sexist attitudes if they have a girl

A father’s likelihood to support traditional gender roles typically declined by 8% when their daughters were in primary school and by 11% when their daughters reached secondary school. 

Configuring Light: Indian cities

Don Slater is part of project to improve women’s knowledge of, and safe access to, urban infrastructure.

Angry white women?

Read the winning research competition written pitch by Katharina Lawall.

Hidden costs of female incarceration

This research competition entry from Carlos Reyes, Aarushi Jain, Melissa Fundira and Yip Oi Yiu is a psoter explaining the hidden costs of the female incarceration system in London and specifically for the relocation of Holloway female prisoners.


LSE is the first UK University to join the Girls Lounge initiative

Based in the co-working space at LSE Generate and in partnership with computer software company SAP, the lounge will offer young women across the School a place to collaborate through a series of courses, mentoring sessions and networking opportunities.

LSE Generate launches Gender Sensitive Code of Conduct

Generate partnered with previous funding competition winner Genderscope to create a code of the ideals held within the team, and the philosophy that we would like to pass on to our LSE entrepreneurs.

LSE to lead £15m research hub to promote gender equality

The LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security will lead a new coalition of research institutions addressing gendered injustice and insecurity around the world.

LSE named on list of top LGBT inclusive employers

The top 100 list is compiled from submissions to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, a definitive benchmarking tool which takes into account an organisation’s employment policy and practice and anonymous responses from staff about their diversity and inclusion experiences at work.

Watch Votes for Women: a history of the women’s suffrage campaign and its legacy at LSE

Votes for Women Votes for Women
The Women’s Library and archives at LSE hold the story of the campaign for women’s suffrage, which resulted in the first votes for women. Find out what happened, how we are commemorating their work on campus today and why we believe it is important to do so. LSE Film & Audio