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Chasing Equality: Women’s Rights and US Public Policy

Susan Gluck Mezey and Megan A. Sholar
Chasing Equality: Women’s Rights and US Public Policy
ISBN: 978-1-955055-87-1
ISBN: 978-1-955055-88-8
ISBN: 978-1-68585-286-3
2023/255 pages/LC: 2022043155
"Offers keen insights on contentious public policy issues that affect the status of women. The focus on the 'revolving door' toward progress highlights the complicated interactions among all three branches of government in the policymaking process." —Laura van Assendelft, Mary Baldwin University


Despite women's many gains in the political, economic, and social spheres, equality remains elusive—and in some areas, ground is being lost. Why? Why does the pay gap between women and men persist? Why is sexual harassment and assault so prevalent in schools and universities? Why are efforts to diminish women's individual autonomy, restricting their access to reproductive health care, succeeding?

Susan Mezey and Megan Sholar address these disturbing questions, tracing the struggle for women's equal rights and opportunities in the US across more than a century.


Susan Gluck Mezey is professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago. Megan A. Sholar is advanced lecturer in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at Loyola University Chicago.


  • Seeking Women’s Rights in US Public Policy.
  • Securing Equal Opportunity in Schools.
  • Combating Employment Discrimination.
  • Balancing Work and Family Life.
  • Protecting Access to Contraception.
  • Pursuing Abortion Rights.
  • Chasing Equality: Where Are We Now?