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Women as Foreign Policy LeadersNational Security and Gender Politics in Superpower America$
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Sylvia Bashevkin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190875374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190875374.001.0001

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Interpreting Women, War, and Feminism

Interpreting Women, War, and Feminism

(p.31) Chapter 2 Interpreting Women, War, and Feminism
Women as Foreign Policy Leaders

Sylvia Bashevkin

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 foregrounds the discussion of policy impact by individual foreign policy leaders. It explores the varied perspectives toward war and equality that are associated with women in Western cultures. The discussion shows how efforts to present half of humanity as a homogeneous unit have fallen short—whether those attempts portray the group as consistently pacifist, feminist, or otherwise. The chapter develops a normative proposition that in liberal democratic systems, executives should ideally carry forward disparate outlooks that roughly approximate the distribution of policy views in the general population. It argues that positions toward political conflict and women’s rights are ideally considered along a spectrum or continuum of opinion.

Keywords:   leaders, women, gender, foreign policy, war, conflict, women’s rights, pacifism, feminism

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