Myths about Womens Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance by Feryal M. Cherif

Myths about Womens Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance

byFeryal M. Cherif

Hardcover | May 22, 2015

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Two conventional wisdoms dominate debates about why women's rights advance in some places but not others. While culture and religion are understood to be the primary barriers to gender equality, efforts by international institutions and women's groups to change social norms are often seen asthe most effective way to reduce discrimination. This book introduces a third, often overlooked explanation - the core rights framework - to account for how, where, and why women's rights advance. It argues that female labor force participation and education serve as building blocks, or core rights, for the advancement of other women's rights.Cultivating core rights is believed to spur group consciousness, ease collective action problems, and render women in a politically relevant group, thereby increasing the prospects that women's rights are represented in the polity. In examining the advancement of women's rights across four majorareas - political, nationality, reproductive, and property rights - this book shows that the conventional wisdom about the role of international norms and culture is usually overstated and often incomplete. It also presents systematic evidence evaluating the effectiveness of different prescriptionsfor improving women's lives across a broad range of rights.

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Feryal M. Cherif is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University.

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Title:Myths about Womens Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights AdvanceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.42 × 0.98 inPublished:May 22, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190211172

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Conventional Wisdoms about Women's Rights3. The Core Rights Framework4. The Evolution of Women's Nationality Rights5. Struggling for Political Equality: From De Jure to De Facto Rights6. The Path toward Reproductive Choice7. Toward Economic Equality: The Status of Women's Property Rights8. Culture, Norms, and Core Rights across Issues: Bringing it All TogetherAppendicesReferencesIndex

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"Myths about Women's Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance is an important and highly readable book on women's human rights. Bringing together theoretical perspectives, statistical analysis and case studies, Dr. Cherif provides a nuanced and systematic investigation of the significance ofcore rights in advancing gender equality and women's rights. This book is a significant contribution to the discipline of human rights. " --Clair Apodaca, Virginia Tech