Book Spotlights

The Sex Factor: How Women Made the West Rich

Victoria Bateman POLITY BOOKS (2019) The popular story of how the West grew rich is one of male scientists, inventors and industrialists, with female liberation presented as a by-product. Looking to the history of the now rich economies, this book argues that women’s freedom came first, not last, boosting skills, saving, entrepreneurism and democracy. It is the elephant in the room when it comes to explaining modern day prosperity.

The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health: Rhetoric Versus Reality

Yana Rodgers OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS (2018) This book argues that the U.S. Global Gag Rule rule, a Republican policy that cuts global health funding for NGOs abroad that provide or counsel on abortions, has actually led to higher abortion rates. The expanded gag rule under President Trump is likely to have negative repercussions across a range of health outcomes for women, children, and men.