Journal of International Women's Studies

List of Papers (Total 979)

Make America Wait Again

As a means of redirecting my own personal grief that stemmed from Hillary Rodham Clinton's loss to Donald J. Trump in the most recent presidential election, I penned the following prose during the early morning hours of November 9, 2016 as Trump gave his victory speech. Like many Americans who voted in the 2016 Presidential Election, I support the right to vote for one's choice...

Book Review: Women Migrant Workers: Ethical, Political and Legal Problems

Review of Women Migrant Workers: Ethical, Political and Legal Problems, edited by Zahra Meghani. Routledge, 2016.

Book Review: Valued Daughters, First Generation Career Women

Review of Valued Daughters, First Generation Career Women, by Alice W. Clark. Sage Publishing India. 2016.

Book Review: Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons

Review of Intersectionality: Origins, Contestations, Horizons, Anna Carastathis. University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

Book Review: Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace

Review of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace, by Ellen Mayock. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Book Review: Gendering War and Peace Reporting: Some Insights–Some Missing Links

Review of Gendering War and Peace Reporting: Some Insights –Some Missing Links, edited by Bertit von der Lippe and Rune Ottosen. Nordicom, 2016

Book Review: Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendency, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currency of Global Sex Work

Review of Dealing in Desire: Asian Ascendency, Western Decline, and the Hidden Currency of Global Sex Work, by Kimberly Kay Hoang. University of California Press, 2015.

Book Review: The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts

Review of The Case of Rose Bird: Gender, Politics, and the California Courts, by Kathleen A. Cairns. University of Nebraska Press, 2016.

Book Review: Beyond Headscarf Culture in Turkey’s Retail Sector

Review of Beyond Headscarf Culture in Turkey’s Retail Sector, by Feyda Sayan-Cengiz. Palgrave MacMillan, 2016

A Syrian Woman’s Story: Her Journey from Damascus to the United States

This is a story of a Syrian woman who was compelled to leave her home in the disastrous wake of the war and to travel to the USA, pregnant and with her wounded son, leaving behind her husband and remaining children, to seek medical care. She describes her struggles, suffering and triumphs, amidst feelings of loneliness and despair.

Sex Wars Revisited: A Rhetorical Economy of Sex Industry Opposition

This paper attempts to sketch a ‘rhetorical economy’ of feminist opposition to the sex industry, via the case study of debates around Amnesty International’s 2016 policy supporting decriminalisation as the best way to ensure sex workers’ human rights and safety. Drawing on Ahmed’s concept of ‘affective economies’ in which emotions circulate as capital, I explore an emotionally...

Eating Disorders and Constitutive Absence in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Anorexic narratives share the thesis that compulsive behaviours like eating disorders are determined by a strong existential component fuelled by women’s paradoxical position in present day capitalist western culture. After a review of social and psychological factors that play a significant role in the development of the disorders, this essay explores the representation of...

Beauty and the Internet: Old Wine in a New Bottle

In the consumer culture of late modernity, young women are obsessed with their physical appearance and attempt to conform to socially constructed beauty standards. Adolescent girls are surrounded by images of beauty through advertising, television, films, magazines and the recent beauty blogs that have burst forth on the worldwide web. This paper is on the use of beauty blogs by...

Gender and Education in Guinea: Increasing Accessibility and Maintaining Girls in School

In West Africa, girls’ enrollment in primary and secondary schools has significantly increased since the 1980’s; however, there is still a great disparity between male and female enrollment and participation. This paper will cover the lasting influences of the gap between male and female education accessibility in the country of Guinea. Issues such as teen marriage, gender based...

Convicted without Evidence: Elderly Women and Witchcraft Accusations in Contemporary Nigeria

Concern about persecution of person(s) accused of witchcraft practices has long been recognized as a major issue in sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria, the persecution of elderly women suspected to be witches is predominantly widespread, and has been identified as one of the most important obstacle to the attainment of the December, 1993 Declaration of the UN General Assembly on...

The Exploitation of Women and Social Change in the Writing of Nawal El-Saadawi

Nawal El-Saadawi is an Egyptian writer, a physician by education, who dedicated her life to promote gender equality. She is an activist writer, and the only one in Egypt who point out the connection of women’s sexual oppression to women’s social and political oppression. She boldly pursues women rights, and demands to change the status and image of the Arabic woman. Her writings...

Uncertainty and Resistance in Jordanian Women's Perceptions of their Positionings in Society

In many parts of the world, women continue to face issues of inequality and discrimination. While the plight of Arab women for gender equality has gained media attention, fewer studies have investigated the perceptions of Arab women themselves on this issue. In this study, through discourse and content analysis of face to face interviews, I investigated the meanings that...

Women in Political Positions and Countries’ Level of Happiness

This study discusses the relationship between a country’s happiness, and relevant country characteristics including gender inequality, levels of corruption, and the percentage of women in parliamentary positions. The aim of the study is to understand how these variables change according to female representation in political leadership. Secondary source data was collected and...

Nepal Himalaya: Women, Politics, and Administration

The paper is a qualitative analysis of the status of women and women in politics and administration in Nepal Himalaya. The paper reviews data on women in civil service and in administrative levels. Looking at women in Nepali politics, policy on women, and women in administration, the paper highlights some social and cultural issues that have “othered” women as the “second sex...

Eating Burnt Toast: The Lived Experiences of Female Breadwinners in South Africa

In South African society, many women have overcome traditional notions of gender by becoming primary breadwinners in their homes and providing primary financial support for their families. Employing a Phenomenological viewpoint, this paper contextualises the individual lived experiences of South African female breadwinners, utilising data collected from ten female breadwinners...

Indigenous Communication: Socio-Economic Characteristics Influencing Contemporary Female Political Participation

This paper takes into account the exceptionality of the socio-economic characteristics (age, income, education, marital status, occupation) of female participation in politics through the use of indigenous communication. The theory was laid on democratic-participant theory. Four communities were selected in Lagos and Ogun states. Survey design, Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and in...

A 'Derailed

This study assesses the experiences of workplace transformation of eleven Black women leaders working in South African higher education institutions (HEIs). The theoretical background is based in intersectional theories, also providing contextual information. The study uses a research paradigm based in Dilthey's modern hermeneutics, using qualitative methods, such as semi...

Lived Experiences and Consequences of Unemployment on Women: An Empirical Study of Unemployed Young Women in Mahalapye, Botswana

Studies have shown that the experience and consequences of unemployment affect people differently depending on, for example, age and gender. The purpose of the present study was to identify factors that contribute to unemployment among young women aged 20-35 in Mahalapye village, investigate the effects of being unemployed, determine sources of support available to unemployed...