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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century

A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women's Lives in Modern Times

Edited by Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang

Publication Date - 05 November 2019

ISBN: 9780190927097

472 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century offers a global view into the patriarchal attitudes that shape cultural practices that oppress women and continue to take form in the modern era. In closely examining a range of issues--from the college campus rape epidemic in the United States to the climate change effects in Ghana--this book compels readers to utilize a contextual framework in order to take a closer look into contemporary violence and oppression against women in our world. Written through the lens of transnational feminism, it examines the intersections of nationhood, race, gender, sexuality, and economics within the context of a world shaped by globalization and colonialism, causing the redefinition of borders and the realignment of migration patterns. A transnational feminist perspective also supports a definition of global sisterhood based on equity, understanding, and mutual experiences. Students focusing on social justice, social work, women's studies, feminist theory, and/or violence against women will find the book to be an invaluable resource.


  • Utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed framework for transnational feminism
  • Features personal stories and photographs to showcase global women's movements.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Zaleski, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Her decade-long work with sexual assault survivors spans inpatient and outpatient settings, and she has a dual specialty in civilian and military sexual trauma. Dr. Zaleski has published research on treatment for sexual assault-related post-traumatic stress disorder as well as sexual violence and rape culture in digital realms.

Annalisa Enrile, PhD, MSW, is Clinical Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. She traces her transnational roots back to the Philippines, where she became a feminist human rights defender and an anti-trafficking warrior. Fighting to end modern day slavery, she continues to work on both sides of the Pacific and across other oceans.

Eugenia L. Weiss, PsyD, LCSW, is Clinical Associate Professor in the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California and a Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. For over 18 years, Dr. Weiss maintained a psychotherapy practice serving the Latino/a population and military and veteran families. She is also a Board Member of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education under the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice.

Xiying Wang, PhD, MA, is Associate Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy
at Beijing Normal University. Dr. Wang has been working on the area of gender-based violence for 16 years. Her articles addressing the issue of dating violence, sexual coercion, child sexual abuse, and other gender-based violence have been published widely in international peer-reviewed journals including Modern China, Violence Against Women, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Smith College Studies in Social Work, and Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare. As principal and co-investigator, Dr. Wang has been involved in more than 10 research projects--funded by organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the Ministry of Education, UNFPA China, and UN Women--on gender-based violence, sex education, women living with HIV/AIDS, and disaster social work.


"An interesting presentation of a variety of understudied topics." -- P. LeClerc, emerita, St. Lawrence University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

    Preface. Transnational Feminism and the Journey to Equity and Empowerment for Women in the 21st Century

    Section 1. Institutional Neglect of Women and Girls
    Introduction. Confronting the Global Challenges of the 21st Century
    Liza Maza

    Chapter 1. Climate Change and Gender Discrimination in Ghana
    Laura McKinney, Arianna King

    Chapter 2. Enequity Embodied: Racism and Sexism in Reproductive Healthcare for African-American Women Tyan Parker-Dominguez

    Chapter 3. Rural Girls' Educational Empowerment in Urbanizing China: Comparing Han Majority and Mongolian Minority Girls
    Vilma Seeberg, Y. Na, D. Clark, Y. Li

    Chapter 4. College Sexual Assault in the United States
    Audrey Brammer, Kristen Zaleski, Cary Klemmer

    Chapter 5. The Women of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation: Portrayals of Historical Trauma and Healing Through Traditional Practices
    Claradina Soto, Toni Handboy, Ruth A. Supranovich, Eugenia L. Weiss

    Chapter 6. Women of Color in Academia: Self-Preservation in the Face of White Fragility and Hegemonic Masculinity
    Claudia M. Bermúdez, Rachel R. Camacho

    Section 2. New Media and Free Choice
    Introduction. Seizing the Opportunity of Social Media and Not Letting Go
    Antigone Davis

    Chapter 7. Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Revenge Porn and the New Era of Sexual Assault Perpetration Online
    Jessica Klein, Kristen Zaleski

    Chapter 8. Honor Killings in Pakistan: The Case of Social Media Star Qandeel Baloch
    Sarah Ahmed

    Chapter 9. Public Meets Private: Fetish-ing Japanese Women
    Ana Lopez, Michelle Greene, Terri Scott, Annalisa Enrile

    Chapter 10. The Silence of Womens Voices in Egypt
    Gayle Kimball

    Section 3. Gender Equity and Politics
    Introduction. Advocates Are Not Giving Up in the Fight to End Gender Violence
    Fraidy Reiss

    Chapter 11. Refugee Mothers Raising Children Born of Rape in Dutch Society
    Kimberly Anderson, Elisa Van Ee

    Chapter 12. Child Marriage in the United States
    Aditi Wahi, Kristen Zaleski

    Chapter 13. Coping with loneliness: Health and well-being among older women in Australia
    Dawn Joosten-Hagye, Anne Katz

    Chapter 14. Repressive Policies and Women's Reproductive Choices in Poland: The Case of State Violence Against Women
    Wanda Nowicka, Joanna Regulska

    Chapter 15. Stepping Forward, Standing Strong: Philippine Women Human Rights Defenders
    Annalisa Enrile

    Chapter 16. Rape as a Weapon of War in Myanmar
    Annalisa Oatman, Kate Majewski

    Section 4. Intimate Violence
    Introduction. To Always Believe in Possibility and the Power of Change

    Chapter 17. Domestic Violence in Kyrgyzstan: Finding a Voice of Strength and Empowerment
    Saltanat Childress, Elizabeth Aparicio, Jill Messing

    Chapter 18. Dating Violence in China
    Xiying Wang

    Chapter 19. Female Same-sex Intimate Partner Violence in China: State, Culture, Family, and Gender
    Ming Luo, Tuen Yi Chiu

    Chapter 20. Violence of Women in Cults in the United States
    Doni Whitsett, Natasha Rosow

    Chapter 21. Leave Me Alone: Violence Against Women in Trinidad and Tobago
    Nirmala Prakash, Melissa Indera Singh, Jennifer Prevot, Stephanie Gopie, Jade Vorster, Peter Averkiou

    Chapter 22. Peace Building and Gender Inclusivity: The Case of Nagorno-Karabakh
    Adrineh Gregorian

    Chapter 23. The U.S. Military-Prostitution Complex, Patriarchy, and Masculinity: A Transnational Feminist Perspective of the Sexual Global Exploitation of Women
    Eugenia Weiss, Annalisa Enrile

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