Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 14, No. 1, January

Assessing Reliability and Validity of the 15-Item Short Version of the Attitudes toward Women Scale (AWS) among Turkish Students
Abstract The purpose of the present study was to adapt the 15-item short version of Attitude toward Women Scale (AWS) (Spence & Helmreich, 1978) into Turkish by first doing the translation of its items and then by investigating its preliminary...
At War with Their Bodies or at War with Their Minds? A Glimpse into the Lives and Minds of Female Yo-Yo Dieters-The Curtain Has Lifted in U.K.?
Abstract Yo-yo dieting is a common phenomenon yet little interdisciplinary research has been carried out on dieting, food and nutrition in the social context. This study investigated the effects of yo-yo dieting on social and psychological well-being...
Challenging Cultural Discourses and Beliefs That Perpetuate Domestic Violence in South Asian Communities: A Discourse Analysis
Abstract South Asians are one of the fastest growing immigrant communities in North America. Domestic violence (DV) in the South Asian community is at least as prevalent as it is in the general population, yet is massively underreported. Several...
Combining Multiple Roles among High Position Women in Israel, as Seen by the Woman, Her Husband and a Child
Abstract The study examines the perceptions of the women and their family members regarding the factors enabling them to achieve high positions in the workplace. It also seeks to understand the influences the women's career has on her children and...
Ethnic Conflict and Forced Displacement: Narratives of Azeri IDP and Refugee Women from the Nagorno-Karabakh War
Abstract The region that now constitutes the Republic of Azerbaijan has witnessed a lengthy history of conflict between Azeris and ethnic Armenians living in Azerbaijan. This longstanding conflict has had severe consequences for Azerbaijan, and...
History, Organization and the Changing Culture of Care: A Historical Analysis of the Frontier Nursing Service
Abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the organizational shift at the Frontier Nursing Service from all female, nurse run and community-people focused to the corporate-consumer focus adopted everywhere else and the accompanying work...
International Dimensions of Discrimination and Violence against Girls: A Human Rights Perspective
Abstract In many cultures, being born female can consign the girl child to the peripheries of society where her safety is denied and her human rights are routinely violated. At each and every stage of development, girls are more likely than boys...
Motherhood and Sexuality: A 20-Year Content Analysis of Sexuality-Related Articles in Popular Magazines for Mothers
Abstract This exploratory study investigated the inclusion of articles related to sexuality in magazines targeted to mothers over a 20-year period. Articles in the most popular parenting magazines, including American Baby, Baby Talk, Fit Pregnancy,...
Participation, Representation and Voice in the Fight against Gender Violence: The Case of the Women's Movement in Spain
Abstract This article provides a critical examination of 'whiteness' and notions of 'sisterhood solidarity' in the context of women's fight against gender violence in Spain. Drawing on intersectionality theory this article focuses on how different...
Perspectives on Women's Studies from India: Strengths, Struggles and Implications for Programs in the U.S
Abstract An important goal of Women's Studies (WS) is the advancement of women' rights not just locally, but on a global scale. How well this goal is accomplished will ultimately depend on the current WS curricula adapting to include international...
Preliminary Exploration of Bystander Intention to Stand Up for a Female-Peertargeted in Sexual Harassment in Greek Academia
Abstract University students' intentions to stand up for a female-peer victimized in a sexual harassment incident by peer and/or professor as perpetrator were explored using the planned behavior theory. The participants were 296 Greek male and female...
Social Status and Change: The Question of Access to Resources and Women's Empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa
Abstract Women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) do not face a single social ideology that opposes change. It is incorrect to conclude that Islam per se is predominantly responsible for limiting women's access to resources, employment,...
The 'Emancipated Ladies' of America in the Travel Writing of Fredrika Bremer and Alexandra Gripenberg
Abstract The Swedish novelist Fredrika Bremer (1801-1865) and the Finnish Baroness Alexandra Gripenberg (1857-1913), both active women's rights advocates who toured in the United States in the 1850s and 1880s, respectively, used their travel writing...
The State of Internal Democracy within Women's Interest Groups in Malawi
Abstract Vibrant women's interest groups are to a larger extent a recent phenomenon in Malawi's socio-political history. Locally and internationally, the contribution of voluntary organisations (including women interests groups) in actively creating...
Towards 'Feminist Mothering: Oppositional Maternal Practice in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake
Abstract In the present article I focus on Margaret Atwood's presentation in Oryx and Crake (2003) of the patriarchal construct of motherhood, paying attention also to the way this theme here is linked up with the question of the woman's/mother's...
Unheard Voices in the Community Building Process: The Role of Poor Black Women in the U.S. during the Mid-20th Century
Abstract This work focuses on the process by which two Black women with little resources and education contributed to the development of community. These women were born in the mid-20th century and their narratives are included in the Black Women...
Violence between Female In-Laws in India
Abstract Indian mothers-in law are consistently legally implicated in violence against their daughters-in-law, particularly in dowry-related cases. This paper explores whether current sociological, psycho-dynamic and feminist explanations are adequate,...
Voices of Ohio Women Aspiring to Principalship
Abstract Women who aspire for principalship might encounter obstacles such as: lack of encouragement; myths about women's work; sex stereotyping; lack of aspiration; role conflict; low self-esteem; family responsibilities; lack of mobility; and...
Women's Experience of Infertility: A Multi-Systemic Perspective
Abstract This article describes a study that used a multi-system perspective to document the self-reported experience of women struggling with infertility and its treatment. A sub-sample of 56 participants from a parent study that examined posttraumatic...