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Why Women Kill: Homicide and Gender Equality

Vickie Jensen
Why Women Kill: Homicide and Gender Equality
ISBN: 978-1-58826-027-7
ISBN: 978-1-58826-919-5
2001/195 pages/LC: 2001031962

"Provide[s] a vast amount of knowledge on male and female homicide offending, social structure, and cultural gender roles."—Venessa Garcia, Criminal Justice Review

"A scholarly, meticulous, and serious examination of the contemporary phenomena of women committing homicide."—Midwest Book Review


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 conclusions establish the clear relationship between political, economic, legal, and social equality for women and the reduction of all forms of domestic violence.


Vickie Jensen is assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge.


  • Introduction: Women, Gender, and Homicide.
  • Approaches to Women's Homicide.
  • Gender and Homicide: Comparing Men and Women.
  • Gender Equality and Women's Homicide Rates.
  • Extending Gender and Homicide Research.
  • Conclusion: Directions in Women's Homicide.