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Myths about Women's Rights: How, Where, and Why Rights Advance

Feryal M. Cherif


Two conventional wisdoms dominate debates about why women’s rights advance in some places but not others. While culture and religion are understood to be the primary barriers to gender equality, efforts by international institutions and women’s groups to change social norms are seen as the most effective way to reduce discrimination. Often overlooked, the core rights perspective holds that investments in women’s education and their incorporation into the workforce more consistently advance women’s rights. By fostering gender consciousness, strengthening political organization, and improving wo ... More

Keywords: women’s rights, gender equality, core rights, women’s groups, property rights, nationality rights, political rights, reproductive rights, culture, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190211172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211172.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Feryal M. Cherif, author
, Loyola Marymount University, Assistant Professor of Political Science

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