“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.”
—AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY
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.
Chapter 3: Women Struggle for Representation: Accessing Positions of Power
Women Struggle for Representation: Accessing Positions of Power
Once women had the vote, they had a voice in politics for the first time. They were formally represented in power, having the legal right to participate in politics on an equal basis with men. But as discussed in Chapter 1, formal political equality is only the first step in achieving equal representation. Women now needed to fight for descriptive representation in the traditional halls of power. Slowly, over the course of the 20th century, women began to make inroads into areas of power typically held by men: Pioneering women became the first to hold political office, others led the way as presidents and prime ministers, and women began to ...