This book considers the impact of public policy on various aspects of women's lives, including sex and birth, marriage and death, work and child rearing, and women's responses to those policies. Written by scholars who have lived on five continents, the work spans the First and Third Worlds, with several chapters providing case illustrations from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Interdisciplinary in scope, the volume includes the fields of economics, politics, planning, and literature. The work is divided into two sections, with chapters in the first part considering the impact of economic and demographic policies on women and those in the second part considering policies relating to women's interpersonal relationships. Urban culture is considered in an epilogue.