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International Women’s Day: March 8th 2013

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Every year on March 8th people all over the world celebrate Women's Day (originally known as International Working Women's Day).

Why not take a look at our Routledge Research on Gender in Asia series?

Women’s Day originated as a Socialist political event in Eastern Europe and Russia (the Soviet bloc) but gradually the day became more global and as a result partially lost its political overtones. For some, the day has become simply an occasion for men to express their love for women whilst in other regions the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are remembered.

Have a look below at the diverse selection of titles we have exploring the role of women in Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Join in the discussions about International Women's Day on March 8th on our Asian Studies Twitter and also our Middle East Studies Twitter.

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  1. Gender, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia

    By Kathryn Robinson

    Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series

    This book explores the relationship between gender, religion and political action in Indonesia, examining the patterns of gender orders that have prevailed in recent history, and demonstrating the different forms of social power this has afforded to women. It sets out the part played by women in...

    Published June 29th 2010 by Routledge

  2. WomenPreneurs

    21st Century Success Strategies

    By Dorothy P. Moore

    WomenPreneurs: 21st Century Success Strategies, will appeal to three groups of interested readers. The first consists of higher education faculty teaching courses in management, entrepreneurship and women’s studies and directors of professional development workshops interested in acquiring a...

    Published April 19th 2012 by Routledge

  3. The Industrial Vagina

    The Political Economy of the Global Sex Trade

    By Sheila Jeffreys

    Series: RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

    The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other aspects of the sex industry have...

    Published November 10th 2008 by Routledge

  4. Rural Women in the Soviet Union and Post-Soviet Russia

    By Liubov Denisova

    Edited by Irina Mukhina

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series

    This is the first full-length history of Russian peasant women in the 20th century in English. Filling a significant gap in the literature on rural studies and gender studies of the twentieth century Russia, it is the first to take the story into the twenty-first century. It offers a comprehensive...

    Published December 11th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Female Entrepreneurship

    By Maura McAdam

    Series: Routledge-ISBE Masters in Entrepreneurship

    Female entrepreneurship, and, in particular, the contribution of their ventures to aggregate economic activity has gained increasing attention over recent years in terms of theory, practice and policy. This concise book explores how women fit into the contemporary entrepreneurial discourse by...

    Published December 13th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Man's Dominion

    The Rise of Religion and the Eclipse of Women's Rights

    By Sheila Jeffreys

    In this feminist critique of the politics of religion, Sheila Jeffreys argues that the renewed rise of religion is harmful to women’s human rights. The book seeks to rekindle the criticism of religion as the founding ideology of patriarchy. Focusing on the three monotheistic religions; Judaism,...

    Published October 9th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Nationbuilding, Gender and War Crimes in South Asia

    By Bina D’Costa

    Series: Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series

    This book gives a detailed political analysis of nationbuilding processes and how these are closely linked to statebuilding and to issues of war crime, gender and sexuality, and marginalization of minority groups. With a focus on the Indian subcontinent, the author demonstrates how the state...

    Published May 6th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Framing Sarah Palin

    Pit Bulls, Puritans, and Politics

    By Linda Beail, Rhonda Kinney Longworth

    Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential candidacy garnered tremendous levels of interest, polarizing the American public—both Democrats and Republicans alike. While many have wondered who she "really" is, trying to cut through the persona she projects and the one projected by the media, Beail and...

    Published November 8th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Islam, Family Life, and Gender Inequality in Urban China

    By Xiaowei Zang

    Series: Routledge Studies on Ethnicity in Asia

    This book studies the relationship between Islam, family processes, and gender inequality among Uyghur Muslims in Ürümchi, China. Empirically, it shows in quantitative terms the extent of gender inequalities among Uyghur Muslims in Ürümchi and tests whether the gender inequalities are a difference...

    Published September 5th 2011 by Routledge

  10. Women in Business

    Theory, Case Studies, and Legal Challenges

    By Martha Reeves

    This book uniquely combines gender theory, case studies, and the legal challenges surrounding the mechanisms of gender discrimination at work. It provides the student with real-life examples from managers (based on interviews with people who experienced discrimination) that help students understand...

    Published May 5th 2010 by Routledge

  11. Islam, Culture and Women in Asia

    Complex Terrains

    Edited by Firdous Azim

    An examination of the place of religion, especially Islam, in political and cultural life took on a special urgency after the events of 9/11. The essays in this volume concentrate on the way that Islam impacts on the everyday lives of people who reside in societies where Islam plays a large part....

    Published March 5th 2013 by Routledge

  12. Gender and Power in Affluent Asia

    Edited by Krishna Sen, Maila Stivens

    Series: The New Rich in Asia

    Gender and Power in Affluent Asia is the first major study to analyse the relatioships between gender and power that have accompanied the rise of Asian affluence....

    Published April 15th 1998 by Routledge

  13. Women and Turkish Cinema

    Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation

    By Eylem Atakav

    Series: Routledge Studies in Middle East Film and Media

    Since 2000, there has been a considerable effort in Turkish cinema to come to terms with the military’s intervention in politics and subsequent national trauma. It has resulted in an outpouring of cinematic texts. This book focuses on women and Turkish cinema in the context of gender politics,...

    Published November 8th 2012 by Routledge

  14. Religion, Politics and Gender in Indonesia

    Disputing the Muslim Body

    By Sonja van Wichelen

    Series: Routledge Research on Gender in Asia Series

    The political downfall of the Suharto administration in 1998 marked the end of the "New Order" in Indonesia, a period characterized by 32 years of authoritarian rule. It opened the way for democracy, but also for the proliferation of political Islam, which the New Order had discouraged or banned....

    Published March 28th 2012 by Routledge

  15. Sex, Love and Money in Cambodia

    Professional Girlfriends and Transactional Relationships

    By Heidi Hoefinger

    Series: The Modern Anthropology of Southeast Asia

    Dealing with the complex and discomforting ‘grey ‘area where sex, love and money collide, this book highlights the general materiality of everyday sex that takes place in all relationships. In doing so, it draws attention to and destigmatizes the transactional elements within many ‘normative’...

    Published April 17th 2013 by Routledge

  16. Women, Identity and India's Call Centre Industry

    By J.K. Tina Basi

    Series: Routledge Research on Gender in Asia Series

    This book examines the concept of globalised identities and the way in which agency is exercised over identity construction by women working in India’s transnational call centre industry. Drawing on qualitative empirical data and extensive original fieldwork, the book provides a nuanced analysis...

    Published March 29th 2012 by Routledge

  17. Gender and Leadership in Unions

    By Gill Kirton, Geraldine Healy

    Series: Routledge Research in Employment Relations

    Reflecting the increased attention to gender and women in the field of employment relations, there is now a growing international literature on women and trade unions. The interest in women as trade unionists arises partly from the fact that women comprise 40 percent of trade union membership in...

    Published December 6th 2012 by Routledge