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Why Don't Women Rule the World?
Understanding Women's Civic and Political Choices

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September 2019 | 536 pages | CQ Press

“[Why Don’t Women Rule the World?] is unlike other texts in its comparative approach and strong theoretical underpinnings. It has interesting pedagogical features that will resonate with comparative scholars, Americanists and those who integrate public policy analysis into the course.”
—Rebecca E. Deen, University of Texas at Arlington  

Why don’t women have more influence over the way the world is structured?  

Written by four leaders within the national and international academic caucuses on women and politics, Why Don't Women Rule the World? helps students to understand how the underrepresentation of women manifests within politics, and the impact this has on policy. Grounded in theory with practical, job-related activities, the book offers a thorough introduction to the study of women and politics, and will bolster students’ political interests, ambitions, and efficacy.  

Key Features: 

  • A comparative perspective expands students’ awareness of their own intersectional identities and the varying effects of patriarchy on women worldwide.  
  • A variety of policy areas highlighted throughout the book illustrates how different theories are applied to real-world situations.            
  • Multiple political engagement activities keep students engaged with the content.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
CHAPTER 1 • Why Don’t Women Rule the World?
The Creation of Patriarchy  
Reification and the Social Construction of Reality  
Conclusion  
Plan of the Book  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 2 • History of Women in Politics
Colonial History  
The First Wave  
The Second Wave  
The Third Wave  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 3 • Public Opinion
How Individuals Form Opinions About Gender Issues  
How Sex Influences Public Opinion  
Partisan Preferences and Voting Behavior  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 4 • Political Ambition
Promoting Women’s Access and Ambition  
Gender Socialization and Political Ambition  
Traditional Family Role Orientations  
The Masculinized Ethos of Politics  
Women’s Gendered Psyche  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 5 • When Women Run
When and Where Women Candidates Emerge  
Campaign Finance  
Women as Candidates in 2018  
Dismantling the Masculine Ethos of Politics in 2018 and Beyond  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 6 • Women in Legislatures
Women’s Representation in Legislatures Around the World  
Theories of Representation  
The Effect of Women’s Representation in Legislative Bodies  
The Behavior of Individual Women Legislators  
Women as Institutional Leaders  
Effects Outside the Institution  
How to Increase the Number of Women in Legislative Office  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 7 • Women in the Executive
Patriarchy, Military Masculinity, and Executive Stereotypes  
Gender Stereotypes in Leadership and the Presidency: Public Support and Media  
Descriptive Representation in Parts of the Executive  
Women in Cabinets: The United States and in Comparative Perspective  
Women’s Policy Agencies  
Women in State and Local Institutions  
Substantive and Symbolic Representation in Executive Institutions  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 8 • Women in the Judiciary
Women as Lawyers and in Law School  
Women as Public Legal Officials  
The Impact of Women in the Judicial Branch  
The Effect of the Courts on Women’s Lives  
Increasing the Representation of Women in the Judicial Branch  
Conclusion  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 9 • Women in Social Movements
Interest Groups, Social Movements, and Social Movement Organizations  
Challenges for Women’s and Feminist Movements  
Conclusion: Intersectional Resistance in the Post-Trump Era  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activities  
Key Words  
References  
 
CHAPTER 10 • Conclusion
The First Step: Admit That Patriarchy Exists  
The Second Step: Listen to Women’s Complaints and Take Their Anger Seriously  
The Third Step: Understand the Roots of Women’s Anger  
The Fourth Step: Monitor Progress and Backlash to Establish Priorities  
The Fifth Step: Decide What to Do and Act  
Review Questions  
Ambition Activity  
Key Words  
References  
 
Appendices
Appendix 1: Conducting Interviews  
Appendix 2: Comparison  
 
Index

“[Why Don’t Women Rule the World?] is unlike other texts in its comparative approach and strong theoretical underpinnings. It has interesting pedagogical features that will resonate with comparative scholars, Americanists and those who integrate public policy analysis into the course.”

Rebecca E. Deen
University of Texas at Arlington

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CHAPTER 1 Why Don’t Women Rule the World?

CHAPTER 4 Political Ambition


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