Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women’s political representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors Pamela Paxton and Melanie Hughes document both historical trends and the contemporary state of women’s political strength across diverse countries. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women’s political power from around the world.

All Regions are Not Created Equal

All regions are not created equal

In previous chapters, we identified a number of factors and general processes that influence women's political power across the world. But though it is important to understand the big picture, one must also recognize that there is substantial regional variation in both the nature of the obstacles faced by women and the avenues open to women to pursue political inclusion. In parts of the Middle East, women continue to struggle for the most basic social and political rights, whereas in Scandinavia women are close to closing the gender gap in political power. Although we cannot delve deeply into the specifics of women's political situations in every country, in this chapter we identify some of ...

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