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 The Executive

Women in the judiciary

The advancement of the status of women has long depended on decisions made in the judicial system. When legislatures have been slow to act, women’s rights have frequently been moved forward by individuals and groups challenging the status quo in the courts. Historically, women have had to rely on men lawyers and judges to put forward rulings to advance their cause, but increasingly, women have been making inroads into these positions and have been at the forefront of some important decisions. For example, in 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court recognized the right of same sex couples to marry in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (2003), making it the first state in the United States to legalize ...

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