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. 16, No. 3, July

Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist
Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist Brendan Kelly, 2014. Irish academic press: Kildare. 170 pages. photographs, appendix, index included. For decades, and even centuries, men have dominated the field of medicine in the country of Ireland....
Addressing the Safety and Trauma Issues of Abused Women: A Cross-Canada Study of YWCA Shelters
Introduction The serious and potentially life-threatening nature of violence against women by intimate partners has become a concern across North America and worldwide (Alhabib, Nur, & Jones, 2009; Brzozowski, 2004; Field & Caetano, 2005)....
An Assessment of the Constitutional, Legislative and Judicial Measures against Harmful Cultural Practices That Violate Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women in South Africa
Introduction In traditional African societies, matters of sexuality are usually not openly discussed in public. Issues of sexual and reproductive health are seen as being strictly private and are only dealt with through well-defined channels like...
An Empirical Study of the Perception of Undergraduates of Nigerian Females' Participation in Science, Technology and Mathematics
Introduction Mathematics is about the oldest subject in existence. It originated from man's quest for a language or means of counting, measuring and recording his possessions. It is a subject whose knowledge is useful in every aspect of life. This...
Complex Inequality and 'Working Mothers'
Complex Inequality and 'Working Mothers' Clare O'Hagan Cork University Press, Cork: 2015, 273 pages. Appendix and Index included. For years, historians, feminists, politicians, and other social groups have engaged in conversations and vigorous...
East Indian Women and Leadership Roles during Indentured Servitude in British Guiana 1838-1920
Introduction Published studies on leadership roles among East Indian (hereafter Indian) women during indenture in British Guiana (now Guyana) in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are rare. Except for historian Hugh Tinker's limited focus...
Exploring the Contribution of Teaching and Learning Processes: Constructing Students' Gender Identity in an Early Years Classroom of a Government Girls Primary School in Pakistan
Introduction and Background Gender is a complex phenomenon comprised of a dynamic set of ideas, actions and feelings about what it means to be a boy or a girl in a specific place, culture and time (MacNaughton, 2001). At a very early age, children...
Femininities and Masculinities in Brazilian Women's Football: Resistance and Compliance
Introduction Mushetsvennaia, zhestkaia sportivnaia bor'ba (2) [(Football) is a hard, manly sporting struggle] The early defeat of the Brazilian women's football team in the 2012 London Olympics had a profound negative impact on women's football...
Gender Parity in Media Coverage of Athletes with Disabilities in Turkey
Introduction Media is a powerful tool that influences the beliefs, attitudes and values of society. The power of newspapers, one of the most prevalent media forms, in the formation of positive or negative perspectives about different cultures is...
Gender Representation in English and Arabic Foreign Language Textbooks in Iran: A Comparative Approach
Introduction Official statistics from several resources in Iran indicate that female enrollment and achievement in Iranian universities has recently exceeded that of male students (Rezaei, 2012). Is this phenomenon (females' academic achievement)...
Gender Responsive Investment Handbook Addressing the Barriers to Financial Access for Women's Enterprise
Gender Responsive Investment Handbook Addressing the Barriers to Financial Access for Women's Enterprise. Vanessa Erogbogbo, Esther Eghobamien and Elizabeth Pimentel, 2013. London: Commonwealth Secretariat. 100 pages, illustrations, photographs, appendix,...
'Honour' Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy & Practice
'Honour' Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy & Practice, Edited by: Aisha K. Gill, Carolyn Strange, & Karl Roberts, 2014, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 244 pp., $35.63 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-137-28955-1 'Honour' Killing and Violence, aims to...
Issues in Women's Liberation Struggles in Contemporary Nigeria: A Study of Ezeigbo's Hands That Crush Stone (2010)
Introduction It is a welcome development that the multiple award winner and literary giant, Theodora Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo extends her creative genius to Nigerian Theatre. Ezeigbo is Professor of English Literature, a foremost feminist scholar...
Love Experiences of Older African Americans: A Qualitative Study
Introduction Love as an emotion at the individual level has implications for sexual morality and ethics. The subject of love has been intensively analyzed and critiqued by both philosophers and theologians who hold similar views of love from a social...
My Mother, the Doctor-A Memoir
My mother, Cheri Appel, M.D. (as she proudly signed her name), was born on September 15, 1901. When she was thirty-eight she gave birth to me, three years after having had her first child, my brother. That event occurred thirteen years after she "married"...
Professional Female Bodybuilding: Self-Determination Theory Approach
Introduction "Female bodybuilders look disgusting, she looks like a man." (Shilling & Bunsell, 2009) The above quote demonstrates the common reaction to imagery depicting the hypermesomorphic somatotype of the typical professional female...
Prostitution in Thailand: Representations in Fiction and Narrative Non-Fiction
Introduction This paper explores problematic Western approaches to women working as prostitutes within the 'sex tourism' industry in Thailand through an examination of how their situation is portrayed in the various fiction and non-fiction narratives...
Reducing Poverty among Arab and Muslim Women: The Case of Arab Women in Israel
Introduction Gender inequalities in areas such as wage conditions, sectors of economic activity, job and occupational segregation, vulnerable employment shares, and labor force participation rates are a persistent feature of contemporary day labor...
Social Media and the Spiral of Silence: The Case of Kuwaiti Female Students' Political Discourse on Twitter
Introduction The theory first expounded in the Spiral of Silence by Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann (1984) suggests that people remain silent and do not exchange their views face-to-face against the majority view for fear of being isolated. Thus, when...
Textually Mediated Labour Activism: An Examination of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Canadian Mine Mill & Smelter Workers Union, 1940s-1960s
Introduction The image of the wife standing behind her husband and his job was a prominent theme in trade union materials in the 1940s through to the 1960s. Archival materials suggest that many men welcomed women's help during strikes, but held...
The Symbolic Representation of Gender: A Discursive Approach
The Symbolic Representation of Gender: A Discursive Approach; Emanuela Lombardo and Petra Meier; Ashgate; Surrey and Burlington, VT; vii + 225 pp; e-book. ISBN 978- 1-4094-3237-1. Political representation is widely acknowledged as being the process...
Unveiling the Mysteries of Aceh, Indonesia: Local and Global Intersections of Women's Agency
Introduction In this study, the authors research three different but interconnected topics. The first focuses on how Acehnese women engage in both local and global feminist dialogues and examines the ways in which Acehnese activists articulate,...
Women Councilors for Women's Empowerment in Pakistan
Introduction The overall development of a country depends upon the maximum utilization of human resources including both men and women. The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan gives equal rights to both women and men. However, in practice...
Women's Human Capital and Economic Growth in the Middle East and North Africa
Introduction The world has been amazed by the social and political movements taking place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since 2010, particularly a large presence of young men and women in street demonstrations. MENA includes 19 Muslim...
Women's Rights Movements in the 'Arab Spring': Major Victories or Failures for Human Rights?
Introduction Awarding the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to Yemen's prominent nonviolent activist, Tawakkul Karman, sent an unequivocal message to the global community that nonviolent activism against tyranny and authoritarianism should be rewarded, and...
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