Women and Politics is a comprehensive examination of women's use of politics in pursuit of gender equality. How can demands for gender equality be reconciled with sex differences? Resolving this paradoxical question has proceeded along two paths: the legal equality doctrine, which emphasizes gender neutrality, and the fairness doctrine, which recognizes differences between men and women. The text's clear analysis and presentation of theory and history helps students to think critically about the difficulties faced by women in politics, and about how public policies in education, labor and the economy, and family and fertility, impact gender equality.
The fully-revised fourth edition explores new critical perspectives, recent political events, and current challenges to gender equality, including the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton's candidacy, the fight for equal pay and paid leave, and the debate over reproductive rights and campus sexual assault. It also includes current scholarship on the intersections of race, class, and gender, and expanded coverage of minority women, women in the military, and conservative women. This text, and its two-path framework, is essential to understanding women's pursuit of equality via the political system.
Preface Chapter 1. Two Paths to Equality Chapter 2. All Rights Are Not Equal: Suffrage Versus the Equal Rights Amendment Chapter 3. Suffrage Accomplished: Women as Political Participants Chapter 4. Women Seeking Office: The Next Phase of Political Integration Chapter 5. Women as Political Actors: Representation and Advocacy Chapter 6. Education and the Pursuit of Equality Chapter 7. Women and Work: In Pursuit of Economic Equality Chapter 8. The Politics of Family and Fertility: The Last Battleground in the Pursuit of Equality? Chapter 9. Setting the Agenda and Taking Action: New Challenges in the Pursuit of Equality Index