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.

Middle of the Pack: Women and Politics in the United States

Middle of the pack: Women and politics in the united states

Because the United States leads the world in a number of ways—the largest economy, the most medals in the 2004 Summer Olympic games, and the world's largest foreign aid contributor—many people expect that America should lead the world in gender equality as well. But as we noted in Chapter 1, in terms of women in politics, the United States is far from dominant. In fact, with 15% women in parliament, the United States falls in the middle of the pack.

America's mediocrity is evident in Figure 9.1, which displays the distribution of women in parliaments across the world. The figure also includes examples of countries ...

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