In this unique and essential collection, Katha Pollit, Patricia Williams, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jill Nelson, Vandana Shiva, and a host of other frontline thinkers, journalists, and activists employ wit, outrage, and cold, hard facts to expose the 'W Effect', a comprehensive incursion into women's rights. In recent years, women around the globe have come under attack -- both literally, in the case of war and punitive repression, and more subtly, in the case of eroded rights and economic power. Yet this dangerous trend has not, to date, been comprehensively documented and deconstructed -- in part because women are finding it harder to gain access to the mainstream media. Both a harsh reality check and a hopeful starting point for new action, 'The W Effect' brings together the premier feminist voices to provide cutting-edge reports; fresh, empowering analyses; and engaging, provocative ideas for the future -- including a resource guide for information and activism.
At this pivotal time, this is a necessary book for feminists of all ages and genders, for all progressive activists, for students, and for anyone interested in current politics and the future of women's rights and women's lives in America and around the world. With reports on: affirmative action, the Patriot Act, welfare 'reform', sexual freedom, reproductive rights, the impact of the religious right, education funding and Title IX, public health policy, globalisation, international HIV/AIDS policy, the International Court and the UN, and more.