Women and Politics

The Pursuit of Equality

Lynne E. Ford

Fourth Edition • February 14, 2017 • 480 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813350813 • $49.00 USD$63.50 CAN

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Women and Politics is a comprehensive examination of women’s use of politics in pursuit of gender equality. How can demands for gender equality be reconciled with sex differences? Resolving this paradoxical question has proceeded along two paths: the legal equality doctrine, which emphasizes gender neutrality, and the fairness doctrine, which recognizes differences between men and women. The text’s clear analysis and presentation of theory and history helps students to think critically about the difficulties faced by women in politics, and about how public policies in education, labor and the economy, and family and fertility, impact gender equality.

The fully-revised fourth edition explores new critical perspectives, recent political events, and current challenges to gender equality, including the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, the fight for equal pay and paid leave, and the debate over reproductive rights and campus sexual assault. It also includes current scholarship on the intersections of race, class, and gender, and expanded coverage of minority women, women in the military, and conservative women. This text, and its two-path framework, is essential to understanding women’s pursuit of equality via the political system.

Lynne E. Ford is Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience and professor of political science at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Ford earned her B.A. degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her teaching and research interests are in American politics with an emphasis on women and politics, elections and voting behavior, and civic engagement. She is author of Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality and The Encyclopedia of Women and American Politics, which was named one of the top twenty reference books by the New York Public Library in 2009. She is also a coauthor of American Government & Politics Today. She serves on the editorial board for two political science journals and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the American Political Science Association and the Southern Political Science Association including the Status of Women Committee for both organizations and the APSA Departmental Services Committee.

Chapter 1. Two Paths to Equality
Chapter 2. All Rights Are Not Equal: Suffrage Versus the Equal Rights Amendment
Chapter 3. Suffrage Accomplished: Women as Political Participants
Chapter 4. Women Seeking Office: The Next Phase of Political Integration
Chapter 5. Women as Political Actors: Representation and Advocacy
Chapter 6. Education and the Pursuit of Equality
Chapter 7. Women and Work: In Pursuit of Economic Equality
Chapter 8. The Politics of Family and Fertility: The Last Battleground in the Pursuit of Equality?
Chapter 9. Setting the Agenda and Taking Action: New Challenges in the Pursuit of Equality

“The field of women in politics in general has ignored issues of economic participation and reproductive rights in favor of a limited focus on electoral participation. But Ford’s Women and Politics includes these issues because without them women will not be present in the electoral field much longer. Ford’s paradox of equality framework helps students understand the stakes involved when women—of all races, sexualities, classes and religious backgrounds—feature prominently in politics.” —Julie Webber, Illinois State University

Women and Politics comprehensively covers the key elements essential to understanding women and US politics. Ford presents the material in a way that is interesting, she raises questions that will get students thinking, and she supports the material with the most current research in the field.” —Michele DeMary, Susquehanna University

Women and Politics: The Pursuit of Equality is unlike any textbook I’ve used in my classes. It’s chock-full of the latest research but is engaging and easy-to-read. It’s full of information that surprises and engrosses my students.” —Michelle Brophy-Baermann, Rhode Island College

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