Gender Policies in Japan and the United States: Comparing Women's Movements, Rights, and Politics / Edition 1

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This book is the first to explore the similarities and differences in gender-related policy making and outcomes in Japan and the U.S., concentrating on the areas of equal employment, domestic violence, and reproductive rights, with additional attention to gender equality policy in Japan and "family friendly policy" in both nations. It analyzes the significance of international feminism and new standards of gender equity--kansetsu gaiatsu--as a resource for Japanese feminists seeking policy reform, as well as new trends toward policy cooperation.

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"Scholars and citizens alike can learn a great deal from this study. Gelb's sustained focus on the role of international treaties in advancing women's rights holds provocative--and very troubling--implications for Americans who care about gender equality."--Sylvia Bashevkin, University of Toronto
"Joyce Gelb has written an indispensable book for anyone interested in the politics of gender. Her countries of comparison, the U.S. and Japan, provide a richly detailed counterpoint to the usual Anglo/European focus of this topic. And despite the depressing statistics that tell us how far women are from achieving complete equality, Gelb tells an essentially optimistic story about how women activists in these very different countries have made and are making a difference."--Frances McCall Rosenbluth, Professor of Political Science, Yale University
"Joyce Gelb does a masterful job of describing and comparing women's movements, equal opportunity employment policies, domestic violence policies, reproductive rights policies, and policies meant to harmonize work and family life in Japan and the United States. The book offers students and scholars a complex and sophisticated picture of public policies towards women in both countries. Gelb's study is a major contribution to the field of comparative public policy studies."--Jane Bayes, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Northridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312293567
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/12/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Gelb is Professor of Political Science, City College and Graduate Center, City University of NY.

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Table of Contents

• Comparing Women's Movements
• Equal Opportunity Policy
• Domestic Violence Policy
• Reproductive Rights Policy
• Gender Equality and Family Friendly Policy
• Conclusion

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