Women and Politics
An International Perspective
Preface to the Second Edition
What is feminism?
What is politics?
1. Women's place in society
Male dominance or patriarchy?
Anatomy as destiny
Explanations emphasising culture or ideology
Male dominance and the economy
Women's place: change and diversity
The inevitability of male dominance?
2. Women's political behaviour
The extent of women's participation in grass-roots politics
Women's political attitudes
Determinants of women's political behaviour
3. Women in political elites
A minority presence
Women in the European Parliament
Unions and other interest organisations
Why so few?
Strategies for women?
A distinctive contribution?
4. How politics affects women
Politics and women's status in Britain
Explaining policy towards women: a comparative approach
Policies in Sweden
The Third World: colonialism, nationalism, and 'development'
Policies under state socialism
5. The politics of the women's movement
The 'first wave' of feminism
The origins of contemporary feminism
Women's liberation in the United States
Women's liberation in Britain
The movement elsewhere
A crisis in the women's movement?
Movement membership and heterogeneity
The tyranny of structurelessness
Finding the right strategy—with the Left?
6. Feminism and policy-making
Abortion reform in Britain
Abortion reform in the United States
Abortion reforms: some comparisons
Equal rights policy-making
Equal employment policy-making: comparative perspectives
Feminism and policy-making in the 1980s
Notes for further reading