Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality

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Cengage Learning, Jan 12, 2010 - Political Science - 496 pages
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WOMEN AND POLITICS examines the pursuit of gender equality from two viewpoints: the legal equality doctrine, which emphasizes gender neutrality, and the fairness doctrine, which recognizes differences between men and women. The text's in-depth analysis and clear presentation of theory and history helps students to think critically about gender and about the challenges faced by women today and in the past. Extensive coverage of diversity among women and consistent attention to the intersections of race, class, and gender are integral to the text's two-viewpoints theme.
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Contents

Two Paths to Equality
1
All Rights Are Not Equal Suffrage Versus the Equal Rights Amendment
35
Suffrage Accomplished Women as Political Participants
76
Women Seeking Office The Next Phase of Political Integration
131
Women as Political Actors Representation and Advocacy
183
Education and the Pursuit of Equality
234
Women and Work In Pursuit of Economic Equality
278
The Politics of Family and Fertility The Last Battleground in the Pursuit of Equality?
360
Setting the Agenda and Taking Action New Challenges in the Pursuit of Equality
424
Index
445
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Lynne E. Ford is Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. She received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in government and political behavior from the University of Maryland-College Park. Ford's teaching and research interests include women and politics, elections and voting behavior, political psychology, and civic engagement. She has written articles on women in state legislatures, the under-representation of women in political office in the American South, and work-family policy in the United States. She has also authored WOMEN AND POLITICS: THE PURSUIT OF EQUALITY and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN AND AMERICAN POLITICS. Ford served as department chair for eight years and she has led a number of campus-wide initiatives including general education reform, faculty compensation, and civic engagement.

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