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Women Across Cultures : A Global Perspective

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Summary

After a thorough explanation of why women lack equal power, Burn suggests what we might do to change this condition. This activist perspective offers the reader a clear understanding of the steps that can be taken to improve the circumstances of women’s lives.

Women Across Cultures examines contemporary women's issues and empowerment from a global perspective. Gender inequality is examined as a historical, sociocultural phenomenon within the context of interlocking systems of inequality such as racism, colonialism, and economic injustice.

A strong emphasis is given to the variety of approaches and actions women take to promote gender equality and to influence women's progress. The influence of intersectional and contextual factors on women's issues, activism, and movements are a key focus.

This textbook examines the role that culture plays in women’s past oppression and future equality, but argues that the most important issue facing women—their lower status and power—is universal.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction to Global Women's Studies
Global Women's Studies Sees Gender Inequality as a Historical, Sociocultural Phenomenon
Global Women's Studies is About Activism and Empowerment
Global Women's Studies Takes a Multicultural, Intersectional, and Contextual Approach
The Importance of Similarity
The Importance of Difference
The Challenge of Multiculturalism
Global Women's Studies Views Women's Rights as Human Rights
Overview of the Book
Study Questions
Discussion Questions
Women's Low Status and Power
Men's Greater Economic Power
Men's Greater Legal and Political Power
Males' Higher Status
Females as Property
Violence Against Women (VAW)
Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence
Dowry Murder
Honor Killing
Sexual Violence and Exploitation
Rape
Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict (War Rape)
Prostitution
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Reproductive Health & Reproductive Rights
Maternal Mortality and Morbidity
Maternal Mortality
Maternal Morbidity (Disability)
Female Genital Cutting
Contraception, Reproductive Choice, and Reproductive Health
Abortion
The Agents that Control Women's Reproductive Choice and Health
Government
Men
The Global Economy and Corporations
Religious Organizations
Women
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women's Sexuality and Sexual Rights
A Woman's Sexuality Is Often Not Her Own
Sexual Rights as Human Rights
Sexual Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
Efforts to Define Sexual Rights as Human Rights
Sexual Orientation and Global Women's Studies
Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Heteropatriarchy
Lesbian and Bisexual Invisibility
Consequences of Lesbian and Bisexual Invisibility
Lesbian Feminism
Lesbian Responses to Heterosexism and Invisibility
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women's Work
The Relationship between Women's Work, Status, and Power
Feminist Economics
Women's Unpaid Labor
Gender-based Divisions of Household and Care Labor
Explanations for Gender-Based Divisions of Household and Care Labor
Women's Paid Labor
Effects of Paid Work on Women
Maternity Protection and Childcare
The Gender Pay Gap: Explanations & Solutions
The Glass Ceiling: Explanations & Solutions
Sexual Harassment: Explanations & Solutions
Self-Employed Women
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women, Development, and Environmental Sustainability
Background
Development Terminology
Colonial History
Women in Developing Nations
Feminist Concerns with the Development Process
Traditional Development Programs Fail to Recognize Women's Economic Contributions
Traditional Development Programs Have Not Reduced Women's Considerable Workloads
Traditional Development Programs Focus on Men's Income Generation
Traditional Development Programs Have Contributed to Erosions in Women's Status
Women in Development Approach (WID)
Income-Generating Projects
Labor Saving Technologies
Improving Women's Access to Development Resources
Gender and Development Approach (GAD)
Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Development
Sustainability Basics
Effects of Environmental Degradation on Women 156
The Role of Women in Sustainable Development 157
Progress in Acknowledging Women and Sustainable Development
Women and Environmental Activism
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women and Globalization
The Effects of Globalization on Women
Women's Work in the Transnational Factory
Women's Sweatshop Labor
Activism to Stop Sweatshop Labor
The Global Economy and Women's Migration
Migrating for Domestic and Care Work
Migrating to Marry
Women and Girls' Labor in the Global Sex Trade
Sexual Tourism
Sex Trafficking
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women and Religion
Diversity and the Study of Women and Religion
Religious and Spiritual Diversity
Religious Fundamentalism
Critiquing and Deconstructing Religion
Masculine God Language
Sexism in Religious Texts
Gender-Segregated Religious Practices
Reforming and Reconstructing Religion
Women and The World's Major Religions
Islam
Judaism
Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
Intersectional Feminist Theologies
Feminist Spirituality
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Women in Politics
Women's Voting
Women Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses and Cabinets
Importance of Women Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses, and Cabinets
Explanations for Gender Differences in Political Representation
Increasing the Women Representatives in Parliaments and Congresses
Women Heads of State: Presidents and Prime Ministers
Paths to Power
Gender Differences in Leadership
Advocacy of Women's Issues
Women in Informal Politics: Social and Protest Movements
Women's Action around Economic Issues
Women's Action around Nationalist and Racial/Ethnic Issues
Women's Action around Humanistic/Nurturing Issues
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
National and Local Women's Movements
Forces Operating against Women's Activism
Early (Mistaken) Assumptions about Women's Movements
Assuming that All Women's Movements Use the Feminist Label
Assuming Western Feminist Concerns are the Concerns of All Women
Different Strands of Women's Movements
Contextual Factors Affecting Women's Movements
Practical and Strategic Gender Interests
Local Political and Economic Conditions
Women's Movements Arising from Class Struggles
Women's Movements Arising from Nationalist Struggles
Factors Affecting the Influence of Democratization on Women's Movements
Women's Movements and State Feminism
Debate about the Role of the State
Factors Affecting the Success of State Feminism
Evaluating the Success of Women's Movements
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Transnational Women's Movements & Networks
The Transnational Women's Movement and the United Nations
The UN's World Women's Conferences
Transnational Feminist Influences on the UN
Transnational Feminism and Women's Rights as Human Rights
CEDAW: The International Women's Bill of Rights
Challenges to a Women's Human Rights Agenda
Conclusion
Study Questions
Discussion Questions and Activities
Action Opportunities
Activist Websites
Informational Websites
Appendix
Glossary
References
Index
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