Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century: A Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women’s Lives in Modern Times


Wang Xiying (co-editor, with Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, and Eugenia L. Weiss)

Oxford University Press, 2019

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About the book: Women’s Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century offers a global view into the patriarchal attitudes that shape cultural practices that oppress women and continue to take form in the modern era. In closely examining a range of issues–from the college campus rape epidemic in the United States to the climate change effects in Ghana–this book compels readers to utilize a contextual framework in order to take a closer look into contemporary violence and oppression against women in our world. Written through the lens of transnational feminism, it examines the intersections of nationhood, race, gender, sexuality, and economics within the context of a world shaped by globalization and colonialism, causing the redefinition of borders and the realignment of migration patterns. A transnational feminist perspective also supports a definition of global sisterhood based on equity, understanding, and mutual experiences. Students focusing on social justice, social work, women’s studies, feminist theory, and/or violence against women will find the book to be an invaluable resource.

About the author: Wang Xiying was a HYI Visiting Scholar from 2019-20.