From Library Journal
This collection of 33 articles contains pieces by activists as well as work by scholars in economics, political science, history, sociology, and African American, Asian American, American, and women's studies. The essays, focusing on U.S. women, attempt to look beyond simplistic "gender gap" analysis by taking an expansive view of political activity and by emphasizing the experiences of marginalized groups. We find papers on Mexican migrant workers, Chinese women garment workers, Chicana/Latina elected officials in California, black women in state legislatures, disabled women, gay women, rural women, Native American women, and the black urban underclass. The editors?who teach at Yale University, San Diego State University, and Hunter College?have arranged the papers in five sections, although the organization is not completely clear. As with most collections, the articles vary in sophistication, utility, and approach. The book's likeliest use will be in academic courses in women's studies and political science, where its breadth will be particularly welcome.?Cynthia Harrison, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
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"This innovative book illustrates both the complexity of women's activism and how that activism must transform our understanding of politics. It is an invaluable resource for the courses in U.S. politics and political participation that, at the same time, introduces the work of exciting young scholars."
-Martha Ackelsberg,Smith College
"This exciting collection not only documents the varied organizing experiences of women in American politics, it provides original and provocative analyses of the challenge owmen present to mainstream ideas of political representation, the role of the state, and the nature of power. The scope and depth of this volume are remarkable, and the prose lucid enought to make this bookd widely accessible. A must-read for all interested in women's political empowerment."
-Urvashi Vaid,author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation
"Expanding the boundaries of conventional political studies, Women Transforming Politics provides perspectives and analyses which are vital for a truly democratic society."
-Joy James,author of Resisting State Violence
and Transcending the Talented Tenth