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Resistance and backlash to gender equality: an evidence review

Published on Jan 1, 2018
Michael Flood21
Estimated H-index: 21
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Molly Dragiewicz13
Estimated H-index: 13
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Bob Pease23
Estimated H-index: 23
Abstract
Gender equality initiatives often face resistance and backlash. This report begins by examining such resistance, describing its character and origins and the typical forms it takes. The report surveys existing efforts to prepare for and respond to backlash. It concludes with recommendations for how most effectively to respond to, and indeed prevent, resistance to gender equality initiatives...
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