The Persistence of Gender Inequality
The Persistence of Gender Inequality
Despite centuries of campaigning, women still earn less and have less power than men. Equality remains a goal not yet reached. In this incisive account of why this is the case, Mary Evans argues that optimistic narratives of progress and emancipation have served to obscure long-term structural inequalities between women and men, structural inequalities which are not only about gender but also about general social inequality. In widening the lenses on the persistence of gender inequality, Evans shows how in contemporary debates about social inequality gender is often ignored, implicitly side-lining critical aspects of relations between women and men. This engaging short book attempts to join up some of the dots in the ways that we think about both social and gender inequality, and offers a new perspective on a problem that still demands society’s full attention.
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  • December 2016
  • 200 pages
  • 138 x 219 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

1. What is Gender Inequality?

Making Inequality

What Has Changed?

Changing Conditions

2. Worlds of Inequality

Exploiting the Feminine

Problems at Work

Problems of Agency

Locations of Inequality

3. Problems of Subjectivity

Imagining the Female Body

Other Bodies

How the Body Matters

Questions of Order

4. Enter Feminism

Conditions for Feminism

A Secondary Sex

Changing Times

Unchanging Times

5. Making Gender Equality

The Rights of Women

The Limits of Liberalism

About the Author
Mary Evans is Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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"A perceptive, focused essay...Highly recommended."
Times Higher Education

"In this wide-ranging and elegantly written book, Mary Evans deftly unravels existing mystifications about gender equality as an inevitable achievement of feminism in late modernity. If we don’t tackle the reality of still-existing global social inequalities, the feminist project will remain unfinished."
Kathy Davis, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

"In this wide-ranging, highly readable text, Mary Evans argues that the persistence of gender inequalities demands that we recognize those inequalities as structural rather than individual, that we refuse the ‘exceptionalism, individualism and deep hunger for the extraordinary’ which contemporary politics and culture encourage, in favour of a greater, more systematic integration of care work into political agendas, a more clearly defined feminism, and a recognition of the need for change beyond the integration of women into education. A useful volume, giving pause for thought, in a hectic age."
Gabriele Griffin, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University

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