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Feminism Counts


Exploring the relationship between Feminist Research and Quantitative Methods

A one-day Conference, University of Warwick

Friday 7th November 2008

(Followed by Professional Development Workshop, 14th Nov)

Feminism Counts will examine the, historically complex, relationship between feminist research and quantitative methods. It will also explore a range of dilemmas that contemporary feminists face when using quantitative tools and techniques. Importantly, it is designed to cross the quantitative-qualitative divide. Accordingly, the conference is aimed at feminist researchers who use quantitative methods in their research and those who do not. It will provide the former with an opportunity to reflect on their practice and the latter a space to explore the potential of this methodology.

The conference is suitable for feminist researchers at all career stages - from students to senior academics.
We welcome the attendance of feminist researchers in the public and voluntary sectors as well as from within academia.


  • Dr Jane Elliott, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Dr Liz Hodgkinson, School of Engineering, University of Plymouth
  • Professor Kate Purcell, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick
  • Professor Jackie Scott, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Sylvia Walby, Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster (withdrawn)
The conference aims to facilitate the contributions and involvement of all participants and will be organised to maximise the sharing of ideas.


Programme (including abstracts)

    Time: 10am - 4.30pm
    Venue:  University of Warwick Teaching Grid

    Conference fees: £40 waged, £20 unwaged.  To book a place, contact: Ann Ryan
    Two subsidised places are available to student members of the GEA.

    Download a flyer for Feminism Counts (PDF Document)
    Download a booking form for Feminism Counts
    (PDF Document)

    A professional development workshop will follow on Friday November 14th.

    The PDW is aimed at feminist researchers who have not previously used quantitative methods in their research and are interested in finding out a bit more about what data exist and what they can do with them. It will be run as an interactive workshop and there will be time for hands-on learning as well as discussion and debate.

    The PDW will run from 1pm to 4pm.

    The PDW is FREE for:
    • Conference attendees
    • Students and faculty of the University of Warwick

    Fees for the PDW for others are: £20 waged, £10 unwaged. 

    Further details on the PDW


    Feminism Counts has been supported by the Gender and Education Association 

    Organisers: Christina Hughes, Rachel Cohen and Richard Lampard

    Call for papers

    for Special Issue of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology

    'Feminism Counts: Quantitative Methods and Gender Research'

    Christina Hughes

    Rachel Cohen

    Call ends:
    30 April 2009

    Publication date:
    July 2010

    Download full 'Call for Papers' (PDF Document)



    New report available to download:

    Review of Equality Statistics

    By Sylvia Walby, Jo Armstrong and Les Humphreys, Lancaster University