Watch that gap: reflections on the struggle for equality.

Document Type

Journal Article


Forum on Public Policy

Place of Publication

Urbana IL, USA


Computing, Health and Science


Psychology and Social Science




This article was originally published as

Hopkins, L. (2008, March). Watch that gap: reflections on the struggle for equality. In Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table. Forum on Public Policy.

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Is there a difference between women's struggle for equality with men, and the according of full human status to women? This paper considers the discourses available to Australian feminist activist Patricia Jessie Giles when working to develop policy in the international arena in the context of Luce Irigaray's insistence that policy work must be accompanied by philosophical work, and that, in order to accord full human status to women, we must find a place for woman philosophically. In so doing, the paper begins a conversation about ways to negotiate that mysterious gap between hope and happening that is so often the stuff of policy change.