Australia’s gendered constitutional history and future

Kim Rubenstein, Christabel Richards-Neville

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This volume enables us to think about constitutions and constitutionalism and difference in diverse ways. The countries discussed vary in multiple manners; some are democracies and others not, some are old and others new and they are all influenced in varying degrees by ethnicity, religion and language. Our chapter draws on a project that has been ongoing in Australia since the publication of Deborah Cass and Kim Rubenstein’s article “Re/presentations of Women in the Australian Constitutional System”. Underpinning this project is a view that although women and men may share many similar needs and concerns, when it comes to the political process there is the undeniable matter of practical reality that women experience the world differently to men, and they do so regardless of how many different voices women may have. Moreover, there is value in considering women both as a singular group, given that women account for more than half of the population, as well as considering the varying groups and needs within that singular group.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Difference and Constitutionalism in Pan-Asia
EditorsSusan H. Williams
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781139567312
ISBN (Print)9781107036277
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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