Women's Rights in the USA: Policy Debates and Gender Roles / Edition 4

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In Women’s Rights in the USA, Fourth Edition, the authors examine the policy debates critical to women in politics. Tracing the development of these debates over time in order to illustrate their historical context, McBride and Parry show how these issues have evolved and how they have led to the policies and laws of today. They also examine the evolving attitudes of the feminists and advocacy groups behind these debates as they grapple with the tensions between the themes of equality and sex difference as they relate to women’s rights.

The book also looks at women’s place in shaping the policies, statutes, and laws—from "liberal" activists to policy insiders—and how those roles shape the debates and issues that move forward today. In a broader context, by following these debates as they move through government institutions to become policies and laws, this book shows students the law-making process through issues that directly affect their lives. Of crucial significance is the acknowledgement that these debates do not end when court decisions, policies, and laws are made, but continue on to foster further movements, viewpoints, and political change.

This fourth edition features updates on the most vital issues concerning women’s rights today: constitutional equality, reproduction, education, family, work, work & family, regulation and intimidation of sexuality, and economic status.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This new edition of Women’s Rights in the USA is a formidable teaching tool and scholarly resource. Its broad scope conveys a wealth of expertise in an interesting and accessible way. The book provides historical context and a framework for understanding women’s rights, policymaking, and feminist activism—all with timely details about where women are in American public policy today."

Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University

"Women's Rights in the USA is a capacious survey of both the theory and practice of women's rights. The text includes discussion of a wide array of identity and interest group perspectives, feminist and non-feminist theories, and political and legal issues. Students and instructors will find clear, broad coverage of important terms, ideas, actors, cases, debates, and policies. An excellent foundation from which to launch class discussions."
Carisa R. Showden, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

"Women's Rights in the USA is a wonderful text for classes on both women in politics and public policy. The detailed historical background on the public policies considered here gives students a rich understanding of the development of policy over time that is lacking in other texts on women and policy."

Tracy Osborn, University of Iowa

"This book provides insightful historical and social context for women and politics in the U.S. McBride and Parry are theoretically strong on the intersections of gender, race, sexualities, and social class within women and politics. The authors’ discussion of balance between gender differences and legal equality is compelling."

Laura R. Woliver, University of South Carolina

"The fourth edition of Women’s Rights in the USA is an insightful analytical text. McBride and Parry grapple with the most pressing contemporary policy issues confronting women with a keen eye to the ways these issues impact women differently along the lines of race, class, and sexuality. The authors do a truly outstanding job in providing historical accounts that trace the origins of contemporary public policies, Such an analysis offers students and scholars alike a rich appreciation for the gains women enjoy today and a deep understanding of the fragility of women’s rights."

Wendy G. Smooth, The Ohio State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415804523
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/16/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 481,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dorothy E. McBride is Professor Emerita of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and co-convener of the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State.

Janine A. Parry is Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The U.S. Constitution; 3. Political Resources; 4. Reproduction; 5. Education; 6. Family; 7. Work and Pay; 8. Work and Family; 9. Sexuality: Regulation; 10. Sexuality: Intimidation; 11. Economic Status

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