Feminists in power: rethinking gender equality after the second wave

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In contrast to the scholarship allied with first and second waves of feminism, feminist analysts today survey a changed landscape of gender across the United States and much of the world: formal exclusions and discrimination are outlawed, gender hierarchies have been undermined, and women are appearing among economic, political, and other elites to an unprecedented degree even as gender inequalities stubbornly persist across multiple arenas. A focal point of debate among analysts of sexuality, political economy, and culture is the meaning and implications of pursuing gender equality in a world that no longer neatly divides into subordinated women and powerful men, and in which the increasing number of women among the socially advantaged problematizes traditional notions of female victimization and male domination. In this essay, we first offer an overview of earlier approaches to gender equality, then turn to critiques of these approaches which insist on the need for a new starting point for considering gender equality and women's emancipation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Trends In The Social and Behavioral Sciences
EditorsRobert A. Scott, Stephen M. Kosslyn
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, CA, USA
PublisherSAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN (Print)9781452216454
StatePublished - Mar 15 2015

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