Book: Women of Power - Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide by Torild Skard

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January 14, 2016

Book: Women of Power - Half a Century of Female Presidents and Prime Ministers Worldwide by Torild Skard

Torild Skard's recent book, Women of Power, has just been awarded the Outstanding Academic Title for 2015 by CHOICE, the US Library journal. The author is the former first woman President of the Norwegian Upper House, former Director of the Status of Women for UNESCO Paris, and a former UNICEF Regional Director in addition to being a fervent feminist scholar and rights defender as she remarkably served as President of the Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights, Norway’s oldest and most distinguished women’s rights organization. At a time when a woman—Angela Merkel—is said to be the person of the year and most powerful woman and another—Hilary Clinton— keeps dominating the American political arena in the wake of a highly awaited presidential election, some argue that “women have broken through the glass ceiling and begun to populate the highest offices of the political world”. Women of Power showcases these achievements and many others in a rich project that details all 73 female presidents and prime ministers from across 53 countries while incorporating the history of female leaders into that of the women’s liberation movement. As the LSE Book review observes, the text is “a valuable resource to those who seek an insight into the struggle women have faced in becoming leaders in their own right. Alongside the life histories of the women in question, Skard offers detailed analyses of political developments and gives brief historical overviews of each region at the beginning of each chapter… A highly informative, knowledgeable, and valuable contribution to the fields of gender studies and political history”. To acquire the book, click here

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Torild Skard
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Policy Press at the University of Bristol
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2014