Gender Mainstreaming: An Assessment of Its Conceptual Value for Gender Equality


Bendl, Regine, and Angelika Schmidt. 2013. “Gender Mainstreaming: An Assessment of Its Conceptual Value for Gender Equality.” Gender, Work & Organization 20 (4): 364-81.

Authors: Regine Bendl, Angelika Schmidt


Evaluations of gender mainstreaming show that there has been limited change to gender equality and it has been very fragmented across EU countries. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to evaluate the heuristic and conceptual value of the term gender mainstreaming as a metaphor for gender equality. Our results from applying an image-schematic model of metaphor evaluation show that gender mainstreaming represents a nonsensical metaphor for gender equality. We conclude with recommendations for reconceptualizing gender mainstreaming.

Keywords: gender, dualism, asymmetry, symmetry, paradoxon

Topics: Gender, Gender Mainstreaming, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality

Year: 2013

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