“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.

Women Struggle for the Vote: The History of Women's Suffrage

Women struggle for the vote: The history of women's suffrage

It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Today in the United States, women vote in federal, state, and local elections more often than their male counterparts. For example, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 9.7 million more women than men voted in the 2008 presidential election. During campaigns, nonpartisan organizations seek to increase women's registration and turnout; political pundits talk about the influential vote of groups such as “soccer moms,” “security moms,” and unmarried women; and candidates and political parties develop strategies designed to address women's interests. Women's importance as a group of ...

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