Women and Political Power: Europe Since 1945

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 127 pages
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The advance of women through the political system has been one of the most significant developments of the second half of the twentieth century. For the first time we have seen women Prime Ministers and Presidents in Europe.
Women and Political Power examines the extent of progress women have made in ten western European countries, and looks at the factors which have helped, or hindered, their greater involvement in the political process. This book not only explores fascinating contrasts between northern and southern European countries, it also reveals the strong similarities in all countries. It highlights, in particular, the continuing absence of women from leadership positions, and the concentration of women on committees dealing with social and welfare issues.

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Slow progress 19451970
the 1970s and early 1980s
Women in political parties
Women in local government
impact of the European Union
do women make a difference?

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Dr Ruth Henig CBE is an academic historian and Labour Party politician. She was awarded a PhD in history from Lancaster University in 1978, where she was a lecturer in Modern European History. She served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Dr. Simon Henig is a lecturer in British Politics at the University of Sunderland. Lewis Baston lectures in Politics at the University of Kingston

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