Women in World Politics: An Introduction

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What roles do women play in world politics? Who are these women, and what impact do they have on international relations? D'Amico and Beckman have assembled a diverse array of contributors who provide a variety of answers. Some contributors consider women as national leaders and profile Chamorro, Gandhi, Thatcher, and Aquino as examples. Autobiographical essays and interviews describe the experiences of Margaret Anstee, Benazir Bhutto, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Golda Meir. Other contributors analyze international women's movements, the roles of women in the Green Movement and in the revolutionary movements in Cuba and Nicaragua, and the work of Jane Addams in the peace movement. Some analyze the attitudes and beliefs of America's leading opinion makers on the subject of women and men in leadership roles. Written for beginning students in comparative politics and international relations, their work is both fundamental as an introductory text and pioneering in scope and conception.

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This diverse collection of accessible articles by scholars, journalists, activists, and public figures explores the impact of gender on international relations. The brief and neatly written essays include biographies of well-known women leaders, such as Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Corazon Aquino, and Violeta Barrios de Chamorro and passages from the memoirs of Golda Meir, Benazir Bhutto, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and U.N. official Margaret Anstee. Other pieces focus on women in various international organizations and movements: the United Nations, nongovernmental women's organizations, the global environmental movement, and revolutionary movements in Cuba and Nicaragua. Even the introductory chapters, which discuss theories that govern our understanding of politics, are clearly written and free of jargon. Although intended as an introductory text in comparative politics for college students, this volume may well attract a wider audience.-Cynthia Harrison, Federal Judicial Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897894104
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

FRANCINE D'AMICO is Visiting Research Fellow in the Peace Studies Program at Cornell University.

PETER R. BECKMAN is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Women National Leaders 15
2 Violeta Barrios de Chamorro 31
3 Indira Gandhi: Gender and Foreign Policy 45
4 Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: The Influence of Her Gender on Her Foreign Policy 59
5 Corazon Aquino: Gender, Class, and the People Power President 71
6 Women as Insiders: The Glass Ceiling at the United Nations 85
7 In Their Own Words 95
8 Gender and the Political Beliefs of American Opinion Leaders 113
9 Organizing for Change: International Women's Movements and World Politics 143
10 Jane Addams: The Chance the World Missed 155
11 Women and the Global Green Movement 169
12 Women in Revolutionary Movements: Cuba and Nicaragua 183
Conclusion: An End and a Beginning 199
Selected Bibliography 215
Index 221
About the Editors and Contributors 229
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