Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 100: Overview: Women's Leadership in Selected Public Policy Advocacy Arenas
M. Margaret Conway
Overview: Women's leadership in selected public policy advocacy arenas Public policy is based primarily on culture, and as a nation's culture changes, possibilities exist for changes in policies. In the United States, as in other countries, public policy as it affects women is based on cultural definitions of women's roles. Changes occur in those definitions, but policy often lags role changes, and not everyone accepts changed role definitions at that time or to the same extent. Policy advocacy by women focuses either on acceptance of changes in social roles or advocacy of role change and the public policies necessary to accommodate role change. Both have occurred in the United States throughout American history. Policy advocacy requires effective leadership to mobilize support for the policy goal. That usually requires either obtaining support from existing organizations or creating new organizations to support the policy goal. Whatever organizational platform is used, resources must ...