Women and Politics The Pursuit of Equality

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2005-10-03
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Women and Politicsexamines the pursuit of gender equality from two viewpoints: the legal equality doctrine, which emphasizes gender neutrality, and the fairness doctrine, which recognizes differences between men and women. In-depth analysis and clear presentation of theory and history helps students to think critically about gender and about the challenges faced by women in the past and present. Extensive coverage of diversity among women and consistent attention to the intersections of race, class, and gender are integral to the text's main theme. New!Updated content includes current statistics on women candidates and office holders; new research findings; recent policy changes; Supreme Court rulings and state laws that impact women's lives; and an examination of the ways the climate for women in politics has changed as a result of September 11 and the focus on terror, foreign policy, and the military. New!Chapter 5: "Women as Political Actors" is a unique consideration of women as both "insiders" and "outsiders" in the political process. Policy chapters examine education, economics, and fertility and family issues in regard to the text's main theme of gender equality. "Controversies of Equality" boxes promote critical thinking and discussion of key issues, cases, and controversies relating to gender equality by presenting different perspectives and offering discussion questions.

Table of Contents

Two Paths to Equality Politics and Women's Pursuit of Equality
Defining Women's Politics
Distinguishing Sex from Gender
The First Path: The Legal Equality Doctrine
The Second Path: The Fairness Doctrine
Feminism's Direct Challenge to Gender
Relations Approaches to Feminism
Using Politics to Bring About Change
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Memorializing Women's History
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: The Case of Pregnant Working Women
All Rights Are not Equal: Suffrage Versus the Equal Rights Amendment
From Seneca Falls to Suffrage: Three Generations of Women
Work for the Vote Opposition to Women's Suffrage
Post-Suffrage Divisions: The Equal Rights Amendment or Special Protections for Women?
The Failure of the ERA
Three Political Lessons
About Gender Equality
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Two Means to the Same End: A Contrast in the Styles of Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt
Suffrage Accomplished: Women as Political Participants Women
Enter the Electorate as Voters
The Gender Gap Gender
Differences in Political Participation
Beyond the Ballot
Explaining the Patterns of Participation
Mobilizing Women's
Political Participation
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: When Should a Woman "Blow the Whistle"?
Women Seeking Office: The Next Phase of Political Integration
Women Candidates Are as Likely to Win Elections as Men
Women Are NOT as Likely to Be Candidates
Can Women Candidates Expect Support from Women Voters?
Systemic Sources of Electoral Bias
Against Women Candidates
Initiatives Designed to Increase the Number of Women
Candidates Political Appointments: An Alternative to Political Office
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Elizabeth Dole's
Campaign and the Press Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Is This a Sign of Progress?
Women as Political Actors: Emerging Insiders and Seasoned Outsiders
Political Representation
Political Insiders: How Do Men and Women Differ?
How Effectively Do Women Stand for Women's Interests?
Seasoned Outsiders: Women as Political Activists and Agitators
The Politics of Direct Action and Community
Organizing International Agreements and Gender Equality
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Women and World Politics
Education and the Pursuit of Equality
A Brief History of the Education of Women
Legislating Gender Equity in Education: Title IX and the WEEA Equity in Action: How Girls and Boys Experience
School Education's Long-Term
Impact on Women's Status Worldwide Education
Issues Facing Future Generations in the United States
Conclusion Encountering the Controversies of Equality: What About Men?
Women and Work: In Pursuit of Economic Equality
Women Enter the Workforce: A Brief History
Legal Paths to Equality: Equal Pay, Title VII, and Affirmative Action
The Impact of Federal Policies on Women's Work
Experiences Limits of the Legal Equality
Doctrine in Promoting Economic Equality
The Consequences of a Gendered Economy: The Demographics of Poverty
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Equal Protection Versus Protectionism
The Politics of Family and Fertility: The Last Battleground in the Pursuit of Equality?
The Demographics of Modern Families
Creating Families Through Marriage
The Development of Contemporary Marriage
The Legacy of Patriarchy Divorce
Toward a Genuine Family
Policy in the United States: What Would It Take?
Controlling Reproduction
Women's Rights Versus Fetal Rights Technology, Reproduction, and Gender Ideologies
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Domestic Violence
Then and Now Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Can a Feminist Be Against Abortion?
Conclusion: New Challenges in the Pursuit of Equality
Elective Franchise and Political Representation
Marriage and Family Rights Education, Employment, and Economic Opportunities
Where Ddo We Go from Here?
Encountering the Controversies of Equality: Will You Have to Move in Pursuit of Equality?
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