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Women and states : norms and hierarchies in international society.

Author: Ann E Towns
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines momentous changes over the last century which have advanced women's status around the globe.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann E Towns
ISBN: 9780521745918 0521745918
OCLC Number: 762148738
Description: x, 249 p.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction; 2. Constructivism and world-wide changes in state policy; 3. A complex society of norms and social hierarchies; 4. Excluding women in the society of civilized states; 5. Women's suffrage and the standards of civilization; 6. National women's policy bureaus and the standards of development; 7. Legislature sex quotas and cultural rank; 8. Conclusion.

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Momentous changes over the last century have advanced women's status around the globe. Women were barred from public affairs a century ago, yet equality is now pursued by most states. Ann Towns  Read more...

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'In this outstanding book Ann Towns provides a definitive account of generally under-acknowledged sea changes in the incorporation of women in the state. Especially noteworthy is Towns' compelling Read more...

 
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