• 366 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • Price: $29.95
  • EAN: 9781566390125
  • Publication: Jul 1992

The Women's Movements of the United States and Western Europe

Consciousness, Political Opportunity, and Public Policy

Edited by Carol McClurg Mueller, and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

Although many of the social movements born in the 1960s and 1970s have expired, the feminist movement is one of the few survivors. Yet the relative infrequence of protests, demonstrations, and marches, the dissolution of the earlier consciousness-raising groups and the more audible self-criticism within the movement has signaled to some movement-watchers that contemporary feminism has spent its force. Obviously, there is a need to gauge exactly where the women’s movement stands today. This book seeks to fill a gap in feminist scholarship by focusing on the women’s movements and the different opportunities their political environments provide. Offering comparisons of the feminist movements in seven countries, the essays seek to assess the power and potential of the feminist movement in Western Europe and the United States.


"An excellent collection of papers covering the feminist movements in seven Western democracies (the United States, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Britain, West Germany and Sweden) at the beginning of the 1980s." —International Affairs

"The collection includes a variety of approaches and methods for examining the problems proposed by the editors, including descriptions of policymaking processes, elite interviewing, and opinion surveys. The various papers are all well-conceived.... A rare common perspective, or consciousness, (is) shared by the authors and indicates careful preparation by the editors." —Women and Politics

About the Author(s)

Mary Fainsod Katzenstein is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University.

Carol McClurg Mueller is Associate Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, West.

In the Series

Women in the Political Economy

No longer active. Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg, includes books on women and issues of work, family, social movements, politics, feminism, and empowerment. It emphasizes women's roles in society and the social construction of gender and also explores current policy issues like comparable worth, international development, job training, and parental leave.