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No Shortcut to Change An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World KARA ELLERBY A much-needed critique of the weaknesses inherent in international gender policy Gender equality has become a central aspect of global governance and development in the twentyfirst century. States increasingly promote women in government, ensure women’s economic rights, and protect women from violence, all in the name of creating a more gender equitable world. No Shortcut to Change is a historical, theoretical, and political overview of why the common, liberal-feministdriven ‘shortcut’ approach has not actually improved the status of women throughout the world—and why a new approach taking social, racial, and political hierarchies into account alongside gender is sorely needed. This innovative book unites several streams of international relations and feminist theory in pursuit of a practical solution to global gender inequality. Kara Ellerby gives an overview of what ‘add-women’ policymaking looks like and has (or has not) accomplished, examining three key policy areas: •
Women’s representation—including policies and practices to include more women in all branches of government, such as legislative quotas, which in many countries have been established to ensure enough women are represented in legislative bodies; The recognition of women’s economic rights, such as the right for a woman to own property and find gainful employment Combating violence against women, through domestic violence and rape laws, which remains a major problem throughout the world.
Ellerby explores how poor implementation, informal practices, gender binaries, and intersectionality remain key issues in addressing women’s inclusion policy around the world. Ultimately, she concludes that all of these efforts have been co-opted by global neoliberal institutions, often reinforcing gender differences rather than challenging them. No Shortcut to Change is an eye-opening overview for anyone interested in gender equality.
No S h ortc u t to chaNge An Unlikely PAth to A More Gender eqUitAble World
kara ellerby “No Shortcut to Change is a groundbreaking critique of common-sense approaches to improving gender equality throughout the world. A must-read book for anyone who seriously cares about this important issue.” —Laura Sjoberg, author of Women as Wartime Rapists: Beyond Sensation and Stereotyping
KARA ELLERBY is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations, and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Delaware.
AUGUST 2017 288 PAGES• 9 black & white illustrations PAPER • 978-1-4798-1716-0 • $30.00S (£24.99) CLOTH • 978-1-4798-9360-7 • $89.00X (£74.00) POLITICAL SCIENCE • GENDER STUDIES SPR I NG 2017 • NY U PRESS