Woman and Politics takes on the historical challenges women have and continue to face, and the victories they have achieved, in political cultures and structures around the world. The introduction walks readers through the key issues, pressing concerns, and foremost questions that researchers confront in their studies of women in various political roles across the globe. The remainder of the book, divided into eight chapters, covers such topics as women’s suffrage, the status of women in politics today, women as national leaders, barriers to women’s political representation, and others. Leading experts and emerging scholars come together in this volume to ask and provide answers to the question of why gender parity is so important in politics. They answer that only women, who as a group have a distinct identity and lived experiences that differ from men’s collective identities and interests, can accurately represent themselves both at home and on the world stage.
- Provides comprehensive coverage of key regions, peoples, and global political concerns
- Identifies and challenges the events and ideologies that have historically shaped women's access to political spaces and political influence
- Explores how discrete countries and regions have have achieved gender parity in politics
- Offers innovative solutions to problems facing nations in which women have been and continue be underrepresented in politics