Women Across Cultures: A Global Perspective: A Global Perspective

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Women Across Cultures examines contemporary women's issues and empowerment from a global perspective. Gender inequality is examined as a historical, sociocultural phenomenon within the context of interlocking systems of inequality such as racism, colonialism, and economic injustice. A strong emphasis is given to the variety of approaches and actions women take to promote gender equality and to influence women's progress. The influence of intersectional and contextual factors on women's issues, activism, and movements are a key focus.

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Women Across Cultures examines contemporary women's issues and empowerment from a global perspective. Gender inequality is examined as a historical, sociocultural phenomenon within the context of interlocking systems of inequality such as racism, colonialism, and economic injustice. A strong emphasis is given to the variety of approach...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.1 × 7.3 × 0.6 inPublished:August 30, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0073512338

ISBN - 13:9780073512334

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Table of Contents

Preface

1 Introduction to Global Women's Studies

Theme 1: Global Women's Studies Sees Gender Inequality as a Historical, Sociocultural Phenomenon

Theme 2: Global Women's Studies is About Activism and Empowerment

Theme 3: Global Women's Studies Takes a Multicultural, Intersectional, and Contextual Approach

The Importance of Similarity

The Importance of Difference

The Challenge of Multiculturalism

Theme 4: Global Women's Studies Views Women's Rights as Human Rights

Overview of the Book

Study Questions

Discussion Questions

2 Women's Low Status and Power

Men's Greater Economic Power

Men's Greater Legal and Political Power

Males' Higher Status

Females as Property

Violence Against Women (VAW)

Domestic or Intimate Partner Violence

Dowry Murder

Honor Killing

Sexual Violence and Exploitation

Rape

Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict (War Rape)

Prostitution

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

3 Reproductive Health & Reproductive Rights

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity

Maternal Mortality

Maternal Morbidity (Disability)

Female Genital Cutting

Contraception, Reproductive Choice, and Reproductive Health

Abortion

The Agents that Control Women's Reproductive Choice and Health

Government

Men

The Global Economy and Corporations

Religious Organizations

Women

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

4 Women's Sexuality and Sexual Rights

A Woman's Sexuality Is Often Not Her Own

Sexual Rights as Human Rights

Sexual Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity

Efforts to Define Sexual Rights as Human Rights

Sexual Orientation and Global Women's Studies

Lesbian and Bisexual Women

Compulsory Heterosexuality and Heteropatriarchy

Lesbian and Bisexual Invisibility

Consequences of Lesbian and Bisexual Invisibility

Lesbian Feminism

Lesbian Responses to Heterosexism and

Invisibility

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

5 Women's Work

The Relationship between Women's Work, Status, and Power

Feminist Economics

Women's Unpaid Labor

Gender-based Divisions of Household and Care Labor

Explanations for Gender-Based Divisions of Household and Care Labor

Women's Paid Labor

Effects of Paid Work on Women

Maternity Protection and Childcare

The Gender Pay Gap: Explanations & Solutions

The Glass Ceiling: Explanations & Solutions

Sexual Harassment: Explanations & Solutions

Self-Employed Women

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

6 Women, Development, and Environmental Sustainability

Background

Development Terminology

Colonial History

Women in Developing Nations

Feminist Concerns with the Development Process

Traditional Development Programs Fail to Recognize Women's Economic Contributions

Traditional Development Programs Have Not Reduced Women's Considerable Workloads

Traditional Development Programs Focus on Men's Income Generation

Traditional Development Programs Have Contributed to Erosions in Women's Status

Women in Development Approach (WID)

Income-Generating Projects

Labor Saving Technologies

Improving Women's Access to Development Resources

Gender and Development Approach (GAD)

Women, the Environment, and Sustainable Development

Sustainability Basics

Effects of Environmental Degradation on Women 156

The Role of Women in Sustainable Development 157

Progress in Acknowledging Women and Sustainable Development

Women and Environmental Activism

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

7 Women and Globalization

The Effects of Globalization on Women

Women's Work in the Transnational Factory

Women's Sweatshop Labor

Activism to Stop Sweatshop Labor

The Global Economy and Women's Migration

Migrating for Domestic and Care Work

Migrating to Marry

Women and Girls' Labor in the Global Sex Trade

Sexual Tourism

Sex Trafficking

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

8 Women and Religion

Diversity and the Study of Women and Religion

Religious and Spiritual Diversity

Religious Fundamentalism

Critiquing and Deconstructing Religion

Masculine God Language

Sexism in Religious Texts

Gender-Segregated Religious Practices

Reforming and Reconstructing Religion

Women and The World's Major Religions

Islam

Judaism

Hinduism

Buddhism

Christianity

Intersectional Feminist Theologies

Feminist Spirituality

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

9 Women in Politics

Women's Voting

Women Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses and Cabinets

Importance of Women Representatives in Parliaments, Congresses, and Cabinets

Explanations for Gender Differences in Political Representation

Increasing the Women Representatives in Parliaments and Congresses

Women Heads of State: Presidents and Prime Ministers

Paths to Power

Gender Differences in Leadership

Advocacy of Women's Issues

Women in Informal Politics: Social and Protest Movements

Women's Action around Economic Issues

Women's Action around Nationalist and Racial/Ethnic Issues

Women's Action around Humanistic/Nurturing Issues

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

10 National and Local Women's Movements

Forces Operating against Women's Activism

Early (Mistaken) Assumptions about Women's Movements

Assuming that All Women's Movements Use the Feminist Label

Assuming Western Feminist Concerns are the Concerns of All Women

Different Strands of Women's Movements

Contextual Factors Affecting Women's Movements

Practical and Strategic Gender Interests

Local Political and Economic Conditions

Women's Movements Arising from Class Struggles

Women's Movements Arising from Nationalist Struggles

Factors Affecting the Influence of Democratization on Women's Movements

Women's Movements and State Feminism

Debate about the Role of the State

Factors Affecting the Success of State Feminism

Evaluating the Success of Women's Movements

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

11 Transnational Women's Movements & Networks

The Transnational Women's Movement and the United Nations

The UN's World Women's Conferences

Transnational Feminist Influences on the UN

Transnational Feminism and Women's Rights as Human Rights

CEDAW: The International Women's Bill of Rights

Challenges to a Women's Human Rights Agenda

Conclusion

Study Questions

Discussion Questions and Activities

Action Opportunities

Activist Websites

Informational Websites

Appendix

Glossary

References

Index