Women of power: Half a century of female presidents and prime ministers worldwide

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Policy Press, 30.7.2014 - 576 sivua
Do women national leaders represent a breakthrough for the women’s movement, or is women’s leadership weaker than the numbers imply? This unique book is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of how and why women in 53 countries rose to the top in the years since World War II. It presents all 73 female presidents and prime ministers from around the world, from 1960 (when the first was elected) to 2010, organised by chronology and geography. Written by an experienced politician and academic, the introduction outlines the five forerunners on different continents from 1960 to 1975, then goes on to discuss world developments, concepts and methodological issues. The motives, achievements and life stories of the female top leaders, including findings from interviews carried out by the author, are then described and analysed to provide a nuanced picture of women in power. A series of regional chapters provide a global overview, and conclusions are drawn and discussed. This fascinating reader will have wide international appeal to students, academics, government officials, women’s and political activists as well as anyone interested in international affairs, politics, social issues, gender and equality.
 

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Introduction
1
1 Breakthrough on several continents
7
background approaches research
53
women are able in various ways
83
4 Roaring SheTigers in South Asia
121
5 Equilibrists in East Asia
161
6 Machismo marianismo and modernism in Latin America
197
7 Lopsided democracies in the Caribbean
253
from communism to capitalism
321
womanpower and defeat
375
summary of the regional chapters1
439
overview variation trends
461
Notes
501
Bibliography in original languages
517
women presidents and prime ministers 19602010a positions and terms of office when first came to power
561
Index
565

8 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, specialising in women in politics. A pioneer in the women’s movement nationally and internationally, she was formerly a MP and the first woman President of the Norwegian Upper House. She has also been Director for the Status of Women in UNESCO Paris, Regional Director in UNICEF West- and Central Africa and Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has written numerous books and articles on women’s issues, particularly women in politics and travels widely studying and promoting the status of women.

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