Women of Power: Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide

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Policy Press, 9.3.2015 - 576 sivua
At a time when a woman—Angela Merkel—is arguably the most powerful leader in Europe and another—Hilary Clinton—continues to be at the center of the US political stage, it seems that women have broken through the glass ceiling and begun to populate the highest offices of the political world. Women of Power is a testament to that accomplishment, offering the most comprehensive overview of female presidents and prime ministers to date. Looking at over fifty countries and over seventy women leaders since 1960, Torild Skard—herself an experienced politician—examines how and why these women rose to the top and what their leadership has meant for women's empowerment throughout the latter half of the twentieth century.

Skard examines the achievements and life stories of the world's female leaders up to the current era. She offers nuanced portraits that draw on a number of materials, including many interviews that she conducted herself. All of the women discussed are organized by both chronology and geography, and Skard includes a number of helpful chapters that provide an overview and assessment of how different women leaders have come to power in different regions. Overall the book provides a fascinating account of women's empowerment as it has manifested itself at the very top of the political hierarchy.
 

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Introduction
1
One Breakthrough on several continents
7
background approaches research
53
women are able in various ways
83
Four Roaring SheTigers in South Asia
121
Five Equilibrists in East Asia
161
Six Machismo marianismo and modernism in Latin America
197
Behind a successful woman is a strong man
243
assistant to the boss in Mozambique
301
from communism to capitalism
321
womanpower and defeat
375
summary of the regional chapters
439
overview variation trends
461
Notes
501
Bibliography
517
Chronological overview
561

Seven Lopsided democracies in the Caribbean
253
Eight Big Chiefs in subSaharan Africa
279

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Torild Skard is a senior researcher in women s studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs in Oslo and is a former member of parliament and the first woman president of the Norwegian Upper House, among many other appointments.

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