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Women, Power, and Politics

The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States

Lori Cox Han and Caroline Heldman

Publication Date - August 2017

ISBN: 9780190620240

352 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $49.99

Presents a comprehensive assessment of women in American politics

Description

As women continue to gain more prominence in political and electoral processes as voters, candidates, and officeholders, it becomes even more important to understand how gender shapes political power and the distribution of resources within our society. Women, Power, and Politics: The Fight for Gender Equality in the United States offers a timely and engaging analysis of classic and contemporary gender-related issues, focusing on the role of women as active participants in government and the public policies that affect women in their daily lives.

Features

  • Extensive coverage of topics relevant to the study of women and politics, including health care reform, the battle over reproductive rights, the current gender justice movement, and the impact of social media
  • An intersectional approach that examines electoral and policy questions through the lens of feminist theory
  • Innovative pedagogical exercises, including case studies, social media exercises, and resources to get students involved with current debates and movements

About the Author(s)

Lori Cox Han is Professor of Political Science at Chapman University.

Caroline Heldman is Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College.

Reviews

"Women, Power, and Politics is comprehensive in terms of topics and suitable as a single text for a course in terms of the organization." --Meredith Conroy, California State University, San Bernardino

"The authors have thought carefully about the data, research, and examples they use, resulting in a clear and engaging textbook." --Rebecca E. Deen, The University of Texas at Arlington

"Women, Power, and Politics is the first book that covers all of the topics I need for my course. Featuring completely up-to-date scholarship, the book is also well written and attractive to student readers. The timeliness and comprehensiveness of the subject matter sets the book apart." --Katheryn DePalo, Florida International University

Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of Figures and Tables

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Women, Power, and Politics
    Women in Political Power: An Historical Perspective
    Studying Women and Politics
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 2: The Women's Rights Movement in the United States
    The First Wave: Suffrage
    Seneca Falls and the Fight for Suffrage
    Post-Suffrage and the ERA
    The Second Wave: Political and Legal Equality
    Women's Rights in the 1960s
    Backlash in the 1970s and 1980s
    The Third Wave: Redefining the Movement
    Stealth Feminists
    Conservative Women Activists
    #Feminism: A Fourth Wave?
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 3: The Many Faces of Feminism
    Types of Feminism
    Liberal Feminism
    Radical Feminism
    Marxist Feminism
    Socialist Feminism
    Psychoanalytic Feminism
    Eco-Feminism
    Transnational Feminism
    Intersectional Feminism
    Postmodern Feminism
    Third Wave Feminism
    Fourth Wave Feminism
    The Backlash Against Feminism
    Feminism Myths?
    Can Men Be Feminists?
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 4: Gender Representations in Popular Culture
    Why Popular Culture Matters
    New Media Influence
    Gender Representations in Media
    Media Representations of Girls and Women
    The Impact of Women's Representations in Pop Culture
    Media Representations of Boys and Men
    The Impact of Men's Representations in Pop Culture
    Gender Non-Conforming Individuals in Media
    Political Leadership in Pop Culture
    Leaders are Portrayed as Men
    Leadership is Portrayed as Masculine
    Professionals/Experts are Portrayed as Men
    Old Media and New Media
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 5: Women as Political Participants
    Political Socialization
    Political Interest
    Political Knowledge
    Political Efficacy
    Political Ambition
    Political Beliefs
    Policy Positions
    Party Identification
    Vote Choice
    Political Participation
    Electoral Participation
    Non-Electoral Participation
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 6: Women as Political Candidates
    Recruiting Women Candidates
    The Electoral Process
    Incumbency and Safe Seats
    Campaign Finance
    Media Coverage of Women Candidates
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 7: Women as Legislators
    Women and Legislative Leadership
    Women in Congress
    History
    The Policy Agenda
    Women in State Legislatures
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 8: Women as Executive Leaders
    Gender and Executive Leadership
    Electing Madam President
    Women in the Executive Branch
    The Cabinet
    White House Staff
    First Ladies
    Governors and Other Statewide Positions
    Mayors
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 9: Women in the Judiciary
    Women and the Law
    Women and the Legal Profession
    Women as Federal Judges
    The Supreme Court
    Women, Courts, and the Policy Agenda
    Women as State and Local Judges
    Do Women Judges Act Differently?
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 10: Public Policy: Economic Rights
    Educational Equalities
    Title IX
    The Women's Educational Equality Act
    Workplace Inequalities
    The Second Shift
    The Wage Gap
    Family Leave
    Sexual Harassment
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 11: Public Policy: Reproductive Rights
    Ways to Prevent Reproduction
    Abortion
    Contraception
    Ways to Encourage Reproduction
    Fertility Treatment
    Adoption
    Same-Sex Adoption
    Transracial Adoption
    International Adoptions
    Gender Preference
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Chapter 12 Public Policy: Gendered Violence
    Sexual Violence
    Rates of Sexual Violence in the U.S.
    Predators of Sexual Violence
    Rape Myths
    Rape as a Public Health Issue
    Anti-Rape Activism in the U.S.
    Sexual Violence Policy
    Intimate Partner Violence
    Types of Abuse
    Homicide
    Perpetrators
    Effects of Intimate Partner Violence
    Intimate Partner Violence Activism in the U.S.
    Intimate Violence Partner Policy
    Conclusion
    Chapter Summary
    Study/Discussion Questions
    Case Studies
    Resources

    Selected Bibliography
    Index

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