“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.

Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific

If women will be empowered the society will be empowered. Women will not sit around playing cards.

—Male focus group in Jorausi, India (Redlund 2004)

Addressing women's political experiences in Asia and the Pacific is an important task if only because of sheer numbers. As of 2010, more than half the world's population—4.2 billion people—occupied the region (United Nations 2011). China and Japan also have the second- and third-largest economies in the world today, and three of the five fastest-growing economies in the world are in Asia: Singapore (2nd), India (3rd), and China (4th) (International Monetary Fund [IMF] 2012).

Politically, Asia also stands out as having a particularly large number of women serving in national leadership as their country's president or ...

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