University of Sussex article: What does Brexit mean for Women?

Susan Millns from the University of Sussex asks in a 2016 article whether Brexit has different implications for women and men.

She argues that there is a distinctive gender dimension to Brexit in terms of:

  • voting patterns of the female electorate
  • the prospective erosion of women’s legal rights
  • increasing feminisation of British politics

With particular reference to the 80% of young women who voted to stay in the EU, Millns writes:

It is crucial in a post-Brexit, de-regularised but increasingly feminised political climate that the legacy of the European Union – in terms of its commitment to gender equality and gender justice – is defended.

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