SUNY Potsdam Professor Publishes Book on Feminist Strategies in International Governance


SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor of Politics Dr. Susanne Zwingel is co-editor of the recently published book, “Feminist Strategies in International Governance.”

SUNY Potsdam Associate Professor of Politics Dr. Susanne Zwingel has published an edited volume, titled “Feminist Strategies in International Governance,” along with co-editors Gülay Caglar (Humboldt University, Berlin) and Elisabeth Prügl (Graduate Institute, Geneva).

The book sheds light on the ways in which international and non-governmental organizations have confronted global gender hierarchies. It brings together contributions of academics and practitioners reflecting on three main questions: How has it become possible to recognize gender equality as a goal of international politics? How far does this recognition reach? And finally, how profound are the transformations in the real lives of women that international gender awareness has triggered?

“Over the last decades, ideas of gender justice have been integrated into international politics to a really breathtaking degree. The contributions in this book shed light on the work of tireless feminist activists as well as on resistance they have encountered,” Zwingel said. “Our most important finding is that getting a foot in the door is not enough—gender equality advocates have to constantly push for the recognition of their goals. Both internationally and in national contexts, gender equality is still a contested goal. The ‘battle’ is not over, but in full swing.”

The volume covers feminist strategies in the three international issue areas of human rights, peace and security management, and economic and financial governance. Published in Routledge’s Global Institutions Series, this book offers an accessible guide to the relevance of gender in international governance. It also discusses challenges international feminist politics will be facing in the future. The book addresses students and scholars of gender in global governance as well as the interested public.

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