Access to Power: Cross-National Studies of Women and Elites, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Access to Power

Cross-National Studies of Women and Elites, 1st Edition

Edited by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, Rose Laub Coser


266 pages

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Originally published in 1981, this book is composed of papers that describe and analyse women’s careers in government, business, and the professions. It examines women’s access to and participation in elite careers in the US, and in selected countries of western and eastern Europe – Britain, France, West Germany, Austria, Norway, Finland, Poland, and Yugoslavia – as well as in international organizations.

This book was an outgrowth of a conference on ‘Women in decision-making elites in cross-national perspective,’ held at King’s College, Cambridge University, in July 1976. The countries represented were chosen because, although they were at similar stages of economic development, they exhibited differences in political structure, ideology, and tradition.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction 1. Women and Elites: A Cross National Perspective Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 2. Where Have All the Women Gone? Like the Sediment of a Good Wine, They Have Sunk to the Bottom Rose Laub Coser Part 1: Political Elites: Participation and Behaviour 3. Women in Politics: A Study of Political Leadership in the United Kingdom, France and the Federal Republic of Germany Donna S. Sanzone 4. Women in the Economic, Political and Cultural Elites in Finland Elina Haavio-Mannila 5. Progress for Women: Increased Female Representation in Political Elites in Norway Torild Skard, with the assistance of Helga Hernes 6. Women in Decision-Making Elites: The Case of Poland Magdalena Sokolowska 7. Women and Political Power in a Revolutionary Society: The Yugoslav Case Bogdan Denitch 8. Women and Power: The Roles of Women in Politics in the United States Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 9. Women in Public Life in Austria Helga Nowotny 10. Political Attitudes of Women in High Status Occupations in West Germany Sylvia Streeck, Erika Bock-Rosenthal and Christa Haase 11. Women in International Organizations: Room at the Top: The Situation in Some United Nations Organizations Betsy Thom Part 2: Women and Economic Elites: Business and the Professions 12. Women, Business Schools and the Social Reproduction of Business Elites: Britain and France Richard Whitley 13. Women Managers: Career Patterns and Changes in the United States Carol Ann Finkelstein 14. Women in Management in West Germany Helge Pross 15. Public Bureaucracy and Private Enterprise in the USA and France: Contexts for the Attainment of Executive Positions by Women Catherine Bodard Silver 16. Women and Occupational Elites: The Case of Newspaper Journalism in England Roger Smith. Biographical Notes on the Contributors. Index.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women and Politics

Routledge Library Editions: Women and Politics (9 Volume set) presents titles, originally published between 1981 and 1993. The set draws attention to the importance of women and how their presence and active involvement, in politics and related fields, during the twentieth century has been crucial throughout the world.

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History