Women and Democracy: Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe

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Jane S. Jaquette, Sharon L. Wolchik, Director Russian and East European Studies Sharon L Wolchik
JHU Press, Oct 7, 1998 - Political Science - 250 pages

Women and Democracy offers a unique look at the political experiences of women in two regions of the world—Latin America and Eastern and Central Europe—which have moved from authoritarian to democratic regimes. At first glance, the roles and attitudes of these women appear to be similar. This book makes the case that the differences are notable. In Latin America, the women are much more politicized and well-organized in their efforts to obtain rights, recognition, and equity. In contrast, the women of former communist societies in Eastern and Central Europe, as if disenchanted by their years under an ideology that promoted equality for women, prefer instead to seek more traditional women's roles and avoid the public arena. Examining the various political attitudes and efforts of women as they learn to participate in the political process, the contributors offer important new insights into democratic consolidation in general—and point to the need for greater attention to the role of women in political processes.

Contributors: Maruja Barrig, Teresa P. R. Caldeira, Maria del Carmen Feijoˇ, Jane S. Jaquette, Dobrinka Kostova, Philippe C. Schmitter, Renata Siemienska, Julia Szalai, Maria Elena Valenzuela, and Sharon L. Wolchik


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Chapter Two Democratic Participation and Women in Argentina
Chapter Three Women and the Democratization Process in Chile
Challenges for Womens
Chapter Five Female Leadership Violence and Citizenship in Peru
Chapter Six Consequences of Economic and Political Changes
Chapter Seven Gender and the Politics of Transition in the Czech
Some Notes on Recent
Changes in Employment and Political
The Prospects for Women
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Jane S. Jaquette is professor in the Department of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College. Sharon L. Wolchik is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.

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