Feminist Policy Analysis: Expanding Traditional Social Work Methods

Heather Kanenberg, Elizabethtown College


In an effort to move the methodology of policy analysis beyond the traditional and artificial position of being objective and value-free, this article is a call to those working and teaching in social work to consider a feminist policy analysis lens. A review of standard policy analysis models is presented alongside feminist models. Such a comparison should help practitioners and educators work and train students to advance understandings of society beyond the androcentric norms. Of significance is how the inclusion of feminist policy analysis in social work curricula can assist with program accreditation. © 2013 Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.