Pub. date: 2011 | Online Pub. Date: October 04, 2011 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412994163 | Print ISBN: 9781412959636 | Online ISBN: 9781412994163| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Yvonne Galligan & Sara Clavero
The 20th century was a momentous one for feminism and politics. Beginning with the spread of women's voting rights, the political participation and engagement of women expanded during the decades that followed. Links were forged between women's workforce participation and their active involvement in public affairs. Women's civic associational activity, often voluntary, brought the public and private worlds of citizenship together. Women's liberation movements reached across age, class, and racial barriers to forge new policy demands. Gender inequalities in representation, too, mobilized coalitions of women determined to open up formal politics. Women played active roles in the democracy-seeking political movements of the latter part of the century. Although the adoption of feminist insights for making sense of the world of politics was relatively slow in the field of political studies, gender and politics scholarship is now a coherent subfield within the wider discipline. Over the past few years, this body ...