KEY FEATURES: A comparative perspective expands students’ awareness of their own intersectional identities and the varying effects of patriarchy on women worldwide. A variety of policy areas highlighted throughout the book illustrates how different theories are applied to real-world situations. Multiple political engagement activities keep students engaged with the content.

Women in legislatures

women in legislatures

In the early 1980s, near the end of a session, the Vermont state legislature was scrambling to find a way to balance the budget; doing so would allow legislators to close the legislative session and go home. Leaders in the legislature put together a budget that imposed a variety of cuts, including the elimination of $30,000 that funded the Women’s Caucus, a group that represented women state legislators. The typical process for the budget in the Vermont House was for all legislators to unanimously agree to move the budget forward, but the women legislators, across party lines, refused to agree. As former Vermont state legislator Ralph Wright (2005) recounts, leaders in the legislature tried a variety of maneuvers to ...

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