“Paxton and Hughes provide the most comprehensive coverage yet attempted of women's increasing role in electoral politics across the globe. Women, Politics, and Power should be a valuable contribution to courses in political sociology and globalization as well as gendered courses in politics.”


Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women's political participation and 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. In addition to describing worldwide themes, the book acknowledges differences among women through attention to intersectionality and heterogeneity among women. Dedicated chapters on six geographic regions highlight the distinct paths women may take to political power in different parts of the world. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women's political power around the world.

Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

The Arab Spring gave women a golden opportunity, but time is limited and if they don't benefit from it, it will become an Arab Winter for them.

—Sultana Al-Jeham, Executive Director and Chairwoman of Woman's Affairs, Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation, Yemen

Across the Middle East and North Africa, women are still struggling for the most basic of rights. In Saudi Arabia, women cannot drive, and in Lebanon, proof of education is required for a woman to vote. Women's political situation in the region is also rather grim. As of 2011, women held only 9.9% of parliamentary seats, less than 7% of ministerial positions, and only one woman has led her country as the head of government: Golda ...

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