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. 17, No. 4, July

Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love
Big Pharma, Women, and the Labour of Love. Thea Cacchioni, 2015. University of Toronto Press: Toronto, Buffalo, London. 167 pages (including index) $26.00 (paperback on Amazon) In August 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)...
Discovering My Own African Feminism: Embarking on a Journey to Explore Kenyan Women's Oppression
Introduction I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat ... (Rebecca West, 1993, The Clarion, Nov. 14). I...
Domestic Violence and the Implementation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction: Japan and U.S. Policy
Introduction Transnational families are those in which one or both members of the couple are resident in a country which is not their birthplace, or in which at least one member does not have citizenship status (Lindhorst & Edelson, 2012). In...
Domestic Violence in Chinese Families: Cold Violence by Men towards Women
Introduction Western conceptualizations of individualism are represented by freedom, democracy and equality. When translating the notion of 'individualism' into Chinese understanding, it is best conceived as 'me-first-ism' and it implies a self-fulfillment...
Effective Use of Media Awareness Campaigns for Breast Cancer Care among Women: A Comparative Study
Introduction Scholars agree that media awareness campaigns should be seen as the cornerstone for health communication interventions. This is because of the myriad of communication techniques and channels that could be used to increase awareness...
Empowering the Subaltern in Woman at Point Zero
Introduction Discussing women's status during the sixteenth century, Virginia Woolf argues that women dominate poetry "from cover to cover" but are absent from history. In fiction, a woman casts her spell over the lives of "kings and conquers" but...
In Their Husbands' Shoes: Feminism and Political Economy of Women Breadwinners in Ile-Ife, Southwestern Nigeria
Introduction In our recent in-depth interviews involving women breadwinners in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, a middle aged woman described the present-day husbands as "Akuko o ko mo" (meaning 'cocks are no longer crowing'), meaning "husbands are no longer living...
My Life on the Road
My Life on the Road Gloria Steinem 2015 Random House New York 352 pages. Black and White photographs. Index. Hardcover. There are two overriding, pervasive purposes that drive Gloria Steinem's recent autobiography, My Life on the Road. The first...
Natural Resources and Household Incomes among Rural Women: Analysis of Communities Domiciled near National Parks in Rwanda
Background In rural Africa, women play an important role in a wide range of economic activities that include agriculture, health, family care, firewood collection and food preparation (Deda and Rubian 2004). The involvement of women in these activities...
Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade
Not a Choice, Not a Job: Exposing the Myths about Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. Janice G. Raymond. 2013. Potomac Books. Dulles, VA. 272 pages. Index included. ISBN 978-1-61234-626-7. $29.95, hardcover Introduction The old radical saw:...
On the Relationship between Gender Roles Attitudes, Religious Ideology and Familism in a Sample of Adults in the United States
Introduction In the United States (US), women began to demand fair treatment during more than half a century ago (Chisamya et al., 2012), with the Women's Movement during the 1970s achieving the passage of the Women's Educational Equity Act of 1974...
Oriental Family Law: Case Study within a Gendered-Citizenship/inequality Perspective: From Concept to Analytical Status
Introduction In Bahrain, the most serious obstacle is the existing divide between Sunni and Shi'ite groups; Bahrain has a Shi'ite majority while the ruling family is Sunni. The elected Lower House cannot block legislations, except collectively....
Separate Space: An Approach to Addressing Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Introduction Sex is a biological construction but gender roles are a social construct where men predominately benefit at the expense of women. In South African society, patriarchy still has an influence on how different sexes relate to one another,...
Sex, Slavery and the Trafficked Woman: Myths and Misconceptions about Trafficking and Its Victims
Sex, Slavery and the Trafficked Woman: Myths and Misconceptions about Trafficking and its Victims, Ramona Vijeyarasa, 2015. Ashgate Farnham, England. 279 pages, photographs, none appendix (i.e. "annex") & index included as it applies to hardcover...
Southern American University Undergraduates' Attitudes toward Intrauterine Insemination Undertaken by Women of Differing Age, Marital Status and Sexual Orientation
Introduction Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is a frequently used method of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in which sperm, either from a male member of a client couple or from a donor, is inserted into a female client's uterine cavity. This...
Status of Bahraini Women in the Banking and Financial Sector: Challenges and Opportunities
Introduction Over the last century in Bahrain, women have worked hard to challenge the myth that women have more limitations, fewer capabilities and lower performance levels than men. Despite the fact that women have improved their abilities, they...
Taking Care in the Digital Realm: Hmong Story Cloths and the Poverty of Interpretation on Hmongemboridery.Org
Introduction The object pictured is a Hmongpaj ntaub or "story cloth" (fig. 1). Its actual size is 46x54 centimeters, and it is constructed by surface stitching with cotton thread onto a blue fabric background. Though its place of origin and artist...
The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities
The Kaleidoscope of Gender: Prisms, Patterns, and Possibilities, Joan Z. Spade and Catherine G. Valentine, 2014. Sage: Los Angeles. 587 pages, black and white photographs chapter 6 only. Paperback. Joan Z. Spade is professor emerita of sociology...
Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns
Thinking Sex with the Early Moderns, Valerie Traub, 2015. University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia. 480 pages, 4 illustrations, $59.99. Hardcover. We live in a culture whereupon any mention of the word "sex" catches our immediate attention...
Vulnerability of Teenage Girls to Pregnancy in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area, Oyo State, Nigeria
Introduction Vulnerability is often related to the social marginalization experienced by some groups as a result of their social status, sex, age, migrant status or other characteristics defining their social position in the community. A vulnerable...
We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community
We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community, Barbra A. Meek, 2011. University of Arizona Press: Arizona. 202 pages, illustrations, photographs, appendix, and index included. $29.95. Paperback. ...
Which 'Mountain' Must Feminism Climb?: Challenges for Feminist Alliances between Migrant and Autochthonous Women's Groups in the Basque Country
Introduction "An otherness barely touched upon and that already moves away" (Julia Kristeva, 1991:3). Debates on the definition of the subject of feminism and the development of a common political agenda that, at the same time, recognize difference...
Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements: A Biographical Approach
Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements: A Biographical Approach Blackburn, Susan & Ting, Helen (Eds.). 20130 National University of Singapore Press: Singapore. 133 pages. ISBN: 978-9971-69-674-0. $38.00. Paperback. Women in Southeast...
Women's Access to Political Leadership in Madagascar: The Value of History and Social Political Activism
Women's Access to Leadership in Madagascar While women have admittedly gained more representation in the political arena, there are still major discrepancies between female political participation and that of their male counterparts (Brown &...
Women's Advocacy in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina. Implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
Introduction The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina attracted great international attention. It was marked by intense sexualized violence on women and girls which was used as a weapon of war to terrorize civil population, instill fear, break up families,...
'Your Woman Is a Very Bad Woman': Revisiting Female Deviance in Colonial Fiji
Introduction How is one to deconstruct colonial and patriarchal constructions of female deviance? What apparatus can we use to rouse the subaltern subject who silently sleeps within an oppressive, discursive memory? Is it possible to undo history's...
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