“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 from Marginalized Groups

Women from marginalized groups

We have already touched on some of the ways that differences among women can affect their political participation and representation. For example, in Chapter 2, we discussed the exclusion of women of color from mainstream movements for women's suffrage. And in Chapter 6, we addressed the ways that electoral systems and rules can affect majority and minority women differently. Here, we take the opportunity to focus at greater length on the experiences of women who are also members of marginalized groups, including racial, ethnic, and religious minority women and lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women. These women may face obstacles in politics because they are women or because they are members of marginalized groups. Yet, as discussed in Chapter ...

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