Intersectionality and Women’s Political Empowerment Worldwide

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)


Intersectionality allows us to confront the reality that women’s political experiences vary, such that empowerment for some may not mean empowerment for all. Intersectionality points out the ways that women are internally a diverse group, brings other forms of oppression into the center of study, explicitly references power, and acknowledges the complexities of social and political life. In this chapter, we discuss how intersectionality should influence the research questions that we ask, the explanations for why women remain politically disempowered, and the methodology we use. Challenging and revolutionary, intersectionality is an opportunity for researchers to more fully comprehend the rich and deep political life of women and girls from diverse experiences, and thus the idea, policy, and practice of political empowerment across the world.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of SciencesWarszawaPoland

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