Women and Politics in a Global World

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  • Copyright: 2009-12-17
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The only global, comparative text on women in politics, Women and Politics in a Global World, Second Edition, is a thorough examination of the impact of women on politics--and the impact of politics on women. Whereas most texts on this topic assume an American perspective, this unique text takes a cross-national, comparative approach to women and politics. Sarah L. Henderson and Alana S. Jeydel carefully consider women's participation in institutionalized politics, social protest, and nationalist, fundamentalist, and revolutionary movements. To help break down the material and make it more accessible to students, the authors unify discussions of women's issues around four core areas: * The assurance of women's safety and autonomy * Reproductive rights and health care for mothers and children * Equal access to employment and public resources including education, social services, and economic benefits * Women's access to political institutions and positions of authority They also explore women's rights in the broader context of international human rights and address issues confronting women in the world community, including economic development, war, and international law. In addition, the authors address the global explosion of women's activism in the post-World War II era. They illustrate the ways in which women are standing up not only for themselves but for other disempowered groups on behalf of equality, liberation, and better living conditions. Designed for courses in women and politics, Women and Politics in a Global World, Second Edition, is also an ideal supplement for women's studies and comparative politics courses. NEW TO THIS EDITION * Updates all data to reflect recent global issues and new political developments * Expands coverage of women's issues within Part III, featuring topics of high student interest * Integrates new discussions of many women's issues, including international trafficking, the increasing incidence of female soldiers in civil conflicts, the reintegration of child soldiers after war, global migration, and the impact of structural adjustment policies on women's access to education * Adds "Feature" boxes with profiles of individuals and organizations that have influenced women's issues * Provides new end-of-chapter "For More Information" sections listing resources for further learning (relevant books, memoirs, diaries, and websites)

Author Biography

Sarah L. Henderson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University.
Alana S. Jeydel is Assistant Professor of Political Science at American River College.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. IX
Acknowledgmentsp. XVii
Women Impacting Politicsp. 1
Women and Institutional Politicsp. 5
Women and Votingp. 7
The Expansion of Suffragep. 7
Women's Political Participationp. 9
Paths and Barriers to Political Officep. 12
The Impact of Female Legislators, Bureaucrats, and Executivesp. 22
Women in Legislatures, Parliaments, and Cabinetsp. 22
Women as Executivesp. 31
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 33
Conclusionp. 35
For More Informationp. 36
Women and Noninstitutional Politicsp. 37
Defining Social Movements, Interest Groups, and Women's Movementsp. 39
Why Do Women's Movements and Organizations Form?p. 41
Why Do Women Join Women's Movements and Organizations?p. 44
Strategies and Tacticsp. 47
The Impact of Women's Movementsp. 53
The Rise of Extremist Nationalist and Religious Fundamentalist Movementsp. 56
Conclusionp. 61
For More Informationp. 63
Women and Revolutionary Movementsp. 65
Defining Revolutionsp. 66
Why Do Women Join Revolutionary Movements?p. 72
Marxist Revolutionary Movementsp. 73
Liberal/Democratization Movementsp. 76
Religious Fundamentalist Movementsp. 79
Revolutionary Strategies and Tacticsp. 83
The Revolution's Impact on Womenp. 87
Political Impactp. 87
Economic Impactp. 90
Social Impactp. 91
Conclusionp. 96
For More Informationp. 97
Gendering Public Policyp. 99
Women and Employmentp. 103
The Debate over Equal Employment Policiesp. 105
Policy Areasp. 108
Equal Payp. 110
Equality in Hiring, Promotion, and Firingp. 117
Sexual Harassmentp. 124
Retirement Incomep. 130
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 132
Conclusionp. 134
For More Informationp. 135
Women, Work, and Familyp. 136
The Debate over Reconciliation Policiesp. 138
Policy Areasp. 141
Maternity, Parental, Paternity, and Family Leavesp. 144
Family Allowancesp. 149
Early Childhood Education and Carep. 158
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 170
Conclusionp. 172
For More Informationp. 173
Abortion Politicsp. 174
The Debate over Abortionp. 176
Irelandp. 182
The United Statesp. 189
The Netherlandsp. 197
General Themesp. 200
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 203
Conclusionp. 204
For More Informationp. 205
Participation and Protest in the Global Communityp. 207
Gender, Development, and International Organizationsp. 213
The Evolution of Gender Equality in Theory and Practicep. 215
Measuring Gender Equalityp. 217
International Development: Designing Policy to Promote Gender Equalityp. 221
International Norms and Lawp. 227
Conclusionp. 232
For More Informationp. 234
Women and the Global Economyp. 235
Women and Workp. 237
Globalizationp. 242
Women in the Global Assembly Linep. 244
Women and Migrationp. 247
Rural Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Developmentp. 254
Women and Economic Crisisp. 259
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 260
Conclusionp. 264
For More Informationp. 265
Women and Healthp. 266
The Status of Women's Healthp. 267
Women and Reproductive Healthp. 269
The Problem of Boy Preferencep. 273
Women and HIVp. 277
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 279
Conclusionp. 286
For More Informationp. 287
Women and Educationp. 288
The Status of Women and Educationp. 288
Advancing Women's Equalityp. 294
Conclusionp. 301
For More Informationp. 302
Women and Sexual Violence During Warp. 303
The Intent of Sexual Violencep. 304
Incidents of Sexual Violencep. 306
The Former Yugoslaviap. 306
The Congop. 307
Sierra Leonep. 309
Tanzaniap. 310
The Impact of Sexual Violence on Womenp. 312
Addressing Sexual Violence Against Womenp. 313
Women as Combatantsp. 315
What Happens to the Boys?p. 316
Conclusionp. 319
For More Informationp. 320
Women and Physical Autonomyp. 322
Female Genital Cuttingp. 323
Virginity Testsp. 326
Women's Bodies as Whipping Postsp. 328
Addressing Women's Physical Autonomyp. 333
Conclusionp. 335
For More Informationp. 335
Notesp. 337
Bibliographyp. 377
Indexp. 401
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