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. 7, No. 2, November 15

Configurations: Encountering Ancient Athenian Spaces of Rhetoric, Democracy, and Woman
Abstract This essay encounters configurations of "woman" in the space of rhetoric and democracy. By "configuration" we mean how a woman is postured and positioned in this space. We deal in ancient Athens recognizing that an ancient conceptual space...
Empowerment beyond Numbers: Substantiating Women's Political Participation
Abstract (6) From our households and into our communities, from independent States to international governing bodies, gender operates as a construct of evolving aspects of women's identities and is a medium through which expectations are prescribed,...
Extent and Causes of Gender and Poverty in India: A Case Study of Rural Hayana
Abstract In spite of the enshrining anti-poverty programs and objectives of the poverty eradication programs contained in India's five year plans, women's poverty in India, even after 58 years of independence, is glaring. This paper, based on a...
Gender: Kosova's Other Challenge
Abstract The extent of differences in roles between the genders in Kosova is examined. Kosovar men, on average, devote 57 percent of their non-rest time to earned income activities (i.e., agriculture, other self-employed, and hired), and only 4...
Influences of Global Human Trafficking Issues on Nigeria: A Gender Perspective
This paper focuses on the socio-economic conditions that force women and girls into the human trafficking industry. Poverty is shown to be one of the major root causes of this phenomenon. The relationship between poverty and other socio-economic issues...
Jordanian Working Women's Perception of Life Difficulties
Abstract This study is an attempt to identify Jordanian working-women's perception of their life difficulties. Areas of life's difficulties include: psychological, social, political and career. Such difficulties were investigated across five variables:...
Legal Injustices: The Zina Hudood Ordinance of Pakistan and Its Implications for Women
Abstract During recent decades the women of Pakistan have been the most vulnerable and convenient targets of social, domestic and sexual violence. This paper will examine the trend of sexual violence against women that emerged in Pakistan with the...
"Of Course They Claim They Were Coerced": On Voluntary Prostitution, Contingent Consent, and the Modified Whore Stigma
Abstract (2) This paper starts with a reflection on the main tactic adopted during the Taipei prostitutes' movement, namely, the "poverty as force" rationale, and argues that a campaign strategy that focuses on the justification of prostitutes'...
Oral History, Identity, and the Italian Women's Movement in the Future of the Contemporary Past
Abstract In this essay, I reflect on the use of oral history and participant observation as tools for researchers of the contemporary past. I want to argue that these approaches must, as Nietzsche has stated, "serve life" by pushing traditional...
Prostitution in Bangladesh: An Empirical Profile of Sex Workers
Abstract The paper explores the profile of the Sex Workers (SW) in Bangladesh; and the ordeals faced by them. 221 randomly selected respondents from three categories of sex workers (Hotel, brothel and floating) were interviewed using both close...
Weight Control Behavior and Women: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Abstract (2) The objective of this study was to seek directly from culturally diverse women information on their weight control behavior. Specific questions were: What types of weight control behavior are practiced by women? 2) What factors influence...
Women, Migration, and the Body-Less Spirit of Capitalist Patriarchy Women, Migration, and the Body-Less Spirit of Patriarchal Capitalism
Abstract The continuously expanding global free trade in domestic and sex workers intensifies old capitalist-patriarchal forms of extracting women's emotional, physical, and sexual labor. The patriarchal dream of seizing control of impure, unruly...
Women World Leaders: Comparative Analysis and Gender Experiences
Abstract Research suggests that executive political office poses additional and different political challenges for women than legislative office. Yet, a few dozen women have attained their nations' highest executive office. Surprisingly little research...

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