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. 3, July

A Hidden History: Women's Activism in Ethiopia
Abstract In Ethiopia a woman's identity is linked to her family and the prescribed gender role as a mother and home-maker, yet throughout Ethiopia's history there are examples of women who have roles that extend beyond the home and family into public,...
Changing Status of Women and the Phenomenon Trafficking of Women for Transactional Sex in Nigeria: A Qualitative Analysis
Abstract This paper examines the changing status of Bini women occasioned by the upsurge and endemic nature of the phenomenon of trafficking of women for the purpose of transactional sex. It engaged ethnographic methods of data collection with the...
Costa Rica and the "Electric Fence" Mentality: Stunting Women's Socio-Economic Participation in the 21st Century
Abstract Costa Rica is regarded as the "top democracy" in Latin America, exceeding basic developmental standards in most categories. The nation's achievement is evidenced by women's strong enrollment and retention rates within the nation's education...
Female Entrepreneurship in a West African Context: Network, Improvisation and Dependency
Abstract This article addresses gender and entrepreneurship in a West African context. Through a case study of the network Les Femmes Entrepreneurs in Ngaoundere, North Cameroon, gendered spaces and how these are being articulated, maintained and...
Freedom Vis a Vis Independence: An Overview in Light of Feminism, Women's Development and Empowerment
Abstract Educational development and participation in the workforce are prime factors in the changing situations of women in society. The movement towards equality and justice for women is gradually captivating Indian society as a human development...
In the Quest for Equality of Condition: Women's Situation in Belgium, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Portugal
Abstract: This article discusses the concept of equality of condition as a possibility of citizenship for women in diverse fields of social life: house work, labour market and social benefits, in particular. Women talks were gathered through Focus...
Menopause-A Time for Reflection
Abstract A woman's post-reproductive years can bring the greatest challenges of her life as physical and psychological changes compel examination of her new role in life. The author's own experience of this leads her to reflect on cultural perspectives...
Muslim Women and Girls: Searching for Democracy and Self-Expression
Abstract This project captures the stories of Muslim women and girls, and the individual ways in which they construct female identity and exercise religious freedom as a form of democracy and self-expression. Much has been written about Muslim women,...
Nina Simone & the Civil Rights Movement: Protest at Her Piano, Audience at Her Feet
Abstract American pianist, vocalist, songwriter, and activist Nina Simone (1933-2003) played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement and yet many historical accounts of the area have snubbed her. Bringing into clearer focus the intense and problematic...
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 womens' 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...
Quality of Life among Thai Sex Workers: How Important Are Work, Educational and Personal Characteristics in Shaping Subjective Well-Being?
Abstract Little work explores subjective well-being (SWB) differences among unique populations. This study rests on a data from commercial female sex workers (CFSW) that was collected in Thailand during January and February 2007. Past research in...
Religion as a Factor Influencing Turkish Women's Decisions to Work
Abstract This article uses survey data collected from more than 500 women in Istanbul to examine whether or not religion exerts an influence on women's decisions to work or not. Our work revealed that religion does not appear to have a direct impact...
Sex and Selfhood: What Feminist Philosophy Can Learn from Recent Ethnography in Ho Chi Minh City
Abstract This article explores the connection of class dynamics to the moral agency of sex workers and their clients. It revisits the analyses of several contemporary feminist theorists, placing these analyses in dialogue with a recent ethnographic...
South Asian Fiction and Marital Agency of Muslim Wives
Abstract This essay deals with the treatment of wifely agency as delineated by three South Asian women writers: Ismat Chughtai, Tehmina Durrani and Selina Hossain. It tries to prove that the Muslim wives as projected in the fiction of these writers...
The Capitalist Hijacking of International Women's Day: Russian and American Considerations
Abstract What are the origins and purpose of International Women's Day (IWD) as a gender equality platform and what is the symbolic significance of IWD in and outside the United States (U.S.)? Of particular interest is IWD as comparatively observed...
The Experience of Wellness for Counselor Education Doctoral Students Who Are Mothers in the Southeastern Region of the United States
Abstract The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the experience of wellness in counselor education doctoral students who are mothers of children under the age of 18. Seven participants from universities in the southeastern region...
The Rural Woman's Constraints to Participation in Rural Organizations
Abstract Although women play a central role in the rural economy through their contribution to the agriculture production process, their equitable participation in rural organizations (ROs) remains minimal. Furthermore their role is decision making...
When a Woman Becomes President: Implications for Gender Policy and Planning in Malawi
Abstract Recently gender discourse in Malawi changed dramatically when Joyce Banda ascended to the office of president following the sudden death of the incumbent, Bingu Wa Mutharika. A relentless women's rights advocate, Joyce Banda became the...
Women in the Second Egyptian Parliament Post the Arab Spring: Do They Think They Stand a Chance?
Abstract Egyptian women were very active on the streets during the 25 January Revolution, both in the demonstrations and in the subsequent elections, showing very high rates of participation as voters, yet surprisingly, very low rates of representation...
Women's Electoral Participation in Muslim Majority and Non-Muslim Majority Countries
Abstract This paper aims to look and discuss the association of Islam and women's electoral participation in Muslim majority and non-Muslim majority countries. The dataset that was used for the analysis, entitled "Party Variation in religiosity...
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