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Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

Liana Christin Landivar

Though a majority of mothers of young children are employed outside the home, countless articles have been devoted to anecdotes about highly educated women in high-status occupations "opting out" of the labor force. Are mothers in these occupations in fact the most likely to opt out or reduce their work hours? Do race, ethnicity, or age of children play a role? Addressing these questions    More >

Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

Wrongful Convictions of Women: When Innocence Isn’t Enough

Marvin D. Free, Jr., and Mitch Ruesink

Choice Outstanding Academic Book! Marvin Free and Mitch Ruesink reveal the distinctive role that gender dynamics so often play in the miscarriage of justice.        Examining more than 160 cases involving such charges as homicide, child abuse, and drug trafficking, the authors explore systemic failures in both policing and prosecution. They also highlight the    More >

Wrongful Convictions of Women: When Innocence Isn’t Enough

Surviving Katrina: The Experiences of Low-Income African American Women

Jessica Warner Pardee

Jessica Pardee documents and examines the experiences of low-income African American women during Hurricane Katrina to uncover the ways that race, class, and gender shape the experiences of disasters. Drawing on intimate interviews to explore the complex challenges that these women faced in the course of the hurricane and its aftermath, Pardee reveals how, with so few material resources, they    More >

Surviving Katrina: The Experiences of Low-Income African American Women

Coming Out: The New Dynamics

Nicholas A. Guittar

Nicholas Guittar draws on deeply personal interviews with young people to enhance our understanding of "coming out," revealing the changing dynamics of sexual identity. Guittar explores how mainstream norms continue to assert their influence over those with nonnormative sexualities. He also highlights the wide spectrum of coming out experiences. His important work sheds light on why,    More >

Coming Out: The New Dynamics

Women Attorneys and the Changing Workplace: High Hopes, Mixed Outcomes

Phyllis Kitzerow

A half-century ago, women comprised only a tiny fraction of practicing attorneys. Today, nearly half of law school graduates are female. Phyllis Kitzerow explores the experiences of women in the legal profession over the past fifty years, charting the sometimes surprising impact of shifting social norms on pathways to professional and personal success.            More >

Women Attorneys and the Changing Workplace: High Hopes, Mixed Outcomes

Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play

Melanie L. Sartore-Baldwin, editor

What does it mean to be gay, lesbian—or anyone else considered a sexual "other"—in the arena of competitive sports? With what consequences? The authors of Sexual Minorities in Sports shed light on the dynamics of sexual prejudice in venues ranging from high school athletics to the Olympics and the major leagues. Case studies of the experiences of LGBT athletes, coaches, and    More >

Sexual Minorities in Sports: Prejudice at Play

Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience

Elaine Enarson

Natural disasters push ordinary gender disparities to the extreme—leaving women not only to deal with a catastrophe's aftermath, but also at risk for greater levels of domestic violence, displacement, and other threats to their security and well-being. Elaine Enarson presents a comprehensive assessment, encompassing both theory and practice, of how gender shapes disaster vulnerability    More >

Women Confronting Natural Disaster: From Vulnerability to Resilience

Being Female: The Continuum of Sexualization

Jennifer K. Wesely

It is often said that sex sells, but who pays the price? Jennifer Wesely probes the sources and consequences of sexualization in girls' and women's lives. Offering new insights into an enduring problem, she documents the increasingly pervasive and powerful nature of raunch culture and demonstrates how females are being sexualized in ways that are more extreme and damaging than ever    More >

Being Female: The Continuum of Sexualization

Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties, and Beyond

L. Susan Williams and Michelle Bemiller

Do Tupperware parties and Mary Kay sales empower individual women, or do they exploit personal relationships for corporate gain? Looking through the overlapping lenses of gender, work, and culture, Susan Williams and Michelle Bemiller critically explore the world of party plan sales.                            More >

Women at Work: Tupperware, Passion Parties, and Beyond

Race, Gender, and the Labor Market: Inequalities at Work

Robert L. Kaufman

Women and minorities have entered higher-paying occupations, but their overall earnings still lag behind those of white men. Why? Looking nationwide at workers across all employment levels and occupations, Robert Kaufman examines the unexpected ways that prejudice and workplace discrimination continue to plague the labor market. Kaufman probes the mechanisms by which race and sex groups are    More >

Race, Gender, and the Labor Market: Inequalities at Work

Hollow Bodies: Institutional Responses to Sex Trafficking in Armenia, Bosnia, and India

Susan Dewey

Susan Dewey draws on her field research in Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and India—where she spoke with actors ranging from bar workers in Bombay to US embassy employees in Armenia to senior officials at international NGOs—to shed light on the trade in women’s bodies and efforts to stop it. In her rich ethnographic study, she focuses on the structural flaws in place that allow,    More >

Hollow Bodies: Institutional Responses to Sex Trafficking in Armenia, Bosnia, and India

Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation

Elizabeth Arveda Kissling

Although a regular occurrence for millions of women, menstruation is typically represented in US culture as an illness or a shameful episode—to the benefit of an entire industry. Elizabeth Kissling reveals how corporations capitalize on long-standing negative attitudes about menses to sell solutions for nonexistent problems. The commercialization of menstruation, Kissling acknowledges, has    More >

Capitalizing on the Curse: The Business of Menstruation

Progress of the World's Women 2005: Women, Work, and Poverty

Martha Chen, Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala, and Christine Bonner, editors

Complete book information to come.    More >

Progress of the World's Women 2005: Women, Work, and Poverty

Women Behind Bars: Gender and Race in US Prisons

Vernetta D. Young and Rebecca Reviere

Today's prisons are increasingly filled with poor, dark-skinned, single mothers locked up for low-level drug involvement—with serious ramifications for the corrections system. Women Behind Bars offers the first comprehensive exploration of the challenges faced by incarcerated women in the United States.  Young and Reviere show conclusively that serving time in prisons designed by    More >

Women Behind Bars: Gender and Race in US Prisons

Sexual Violence: Policies, Practices, and Challenges in the United States and Canada

James F. Hodgson and Debra S. Kelley, editors

Have recent US and Canadian reforms changed institutional responses to the crime of rape and the treatment of rape victims? Exploring this issue, the authors present multidisciplinary perspectives on the effectiveness of rape law reforms, debates on chemical castration, the policing of sexual violence, cyber rape, the role of sexual assault treatment programs, sexual assault among prisoners, the    More >

Sexual Violence: Policies, Practices, and Challenges in the United States and Canada

Women in Prison: Gender and Social Control

Barbara H. Zaitzow and Jim Thomas, editors

It is old news that the conditions and policies of women's prisons are different from those of incarcerated men. Less evident, however, is how gender differences shape those policies, and how gender identity and roles shape women's adaptation and resistance to prison culture and control. Women in Prison explores how the gender-based attitudes that women bring to prison frame how they    More >

Women in Prison: Gender and Social Control

Why Women Kill: Homicide and Gender Equality

Vickie Jensen

Traditional homicide indicators are based on male violence—and do little to predict when, or whom, women will kill. Vickie Jensen shows that gender equality plays an important role in predicting female homicide patterns. Jensen's analysis of the occurrence of women's homicide reveals that lethal violence is most likely when severe gender inequalities exist in the family group. Her    More >

Why Women Kill: Homicide and Gender Equality

Policy, Politics, and Gender: Women Gaining Ground

Kathleen Staudt

Here is a book that finally identifies and develops the connections between women's politics and public policies and practices at national and international levels. Kathleen Staudt focuses on political activism and strategies that have influenced great change in state and international policies. She covers local and global institutions, from NGOs to entire governments and to international    More >

Policy, Politics, and Gender: Women Gaining Ground

Feminism & the Female Body: Liberating the Amazon Within

Shirley Castelnuovo and Sharon R. Guthrie

This book is about women’s willingness and desire to empower themselves not just mentally, but also physically—and about helping to transform domination related to gender, race, class, age, disability, and sexual orientation. While recognizing that feminism has been responsible for changing both the ways that society perceives women and how women perceive themselves, Castelnuovo and    More >