Gender Equality: Political Backrooms, Corporate Boardrooms and Classrooms
Gender equality and girls and women’s empowerment have been pushed to the top of domestic and foreign policy agendas in the Americas. The Summer 2012 issue of Americas Quarterly, released on Thursday, July 26, looks at how women and girls are faring in education, labor markets, politics, and the private sector, and why—politically, economically, and morally—achieving equality and parity is essential.
In the Summer 2012 AQ, former president of Chile and UN Women executive director Michelle Bachelet discusses why violence against women is a development issue, and the importance of empowering women economically to break those patterns. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer writes how and why the State Department has made women and girls’ development a strategic foreign policy objective of the U.S. government. And Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado explain how international and local advocacy groups and the courts are changing reproductive rights laws (in both directions) in the hemisphere. The issue also presents a timeline of milestones in women’s achievements, and AQ’s signature “charticle” graphically portrays and compares women’s representation on corporate boards globally and how it increases profits.
Other articles address individual aspects of gender equality. Magda Hinosoja of Arizona State University writes that while election quotas in favor of women have sparked greater representation of women in national legislatures, local levels and party politics remain male bastions. Cedric Herring of the University of Chicago at Illinois describes why women’s participation in business improves profitability and what Latin American companies and governments need to do to catch up.
As always, this issue of AQ also has articles and departments on a variety of other topics. Haiti expert and Partners in Health founder Paul Farmer traces the rise of cholera in the hemisphere and the risk of a new pandemic; Lourdes Melgar muses on the future of PEMEX in the next sexenio; and Matias Spektor analyses the shifting views in Brazil on humanitarian intervention in the wake of Libya and Syria.
In This Issue:
Beyond Equal Rights
The region’s prospects for prosperity hinge on the economic empowerment of women.
Diversity Equals Dollars
How hiring—and retaining—women boosts the bottom line.
Women’s Rights & U.S. Foreign Policy
Why unleashing women’s and girls’ potential is good diplomacy.
Peace, Women and Security
RENATA AVELAR GIANNINI
The female peacekeeper.
CHARTICLE: Heels in High Places
Women on corporate boards across the world.
Women in Robes
Judges, gender and justice.
Women in Politics
The art (and practice) of getting more women elected.
The Paradox of Girls’ Educational Attainment
Why hasn’t greater schooling for Latin American girls translated into better jobs?
The Public Debate Over Private Lives
JOAN CAIVANO and JANE MARCUS-DELGADO
Shifts in reproductive rights in the hemisphere.
ASK THE EXPERTS
Why should women be represented at the highest corporate levels? Stephanie George, Susan Silbermann, Sam Fouad, and Elisa Garcia C. respond.
Cholera and the Road to Modernity
JONATHAN WIEGEL and PAUL FARMER
What we can learn from Latin America’s 1990s epidemic to save lives in Haiti today.
Plan Colombia: A Retrospective
It may work in Central America as well.
The Future of PEMEX
Will Mexico’s incoming administration finally end the iconic state oil monopoly?
Judicial Reform in Latin America
MARÍA GRACIA ANDÍA
The strength of democracy depends on how well judiciaries perform.
Humanitarian Interventionism Brazilian Style?
Brazil tries to strike a balance between sovereignty and preventing atrocities.
Panorama: Peruvian cooking, 10 Things To Do in São Paulo, Venezuelans voting abroad, and more.
Hard Talk: Is Brazil’s economic success based on more than natural resources? Lisa Schineller and Peter Kingstone debate.
Innovators: Laura Alonso crusades for open government in Argentina. Martha Debayle educates new parents. Aurora Guerrero challenges anti-gay stereotypes. Public Lab spurs digital mapping across the Americas.
Dispatches From the Field: Havana: In Cuba, a little reform goes a long way.
Policy Updates: Olivia Ruggles-Brise on Latin America’s tourism boom, Felipe Pena on Evangelicalism in Brazil.
Fresh Look Reviews: María de los Ángeles Fernández and Peter M. Siavelis on the evolution of Chilean democracy, Carol Wise reviews a collection of essays on the region’s commodity boom and Darryl McLeod on the politics of redistribution in Latin America.