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This e-book is the 1st to discover the similarities and transformations in gender comparable coverage making and results in Japan and the us. It makes a speciality of the position of women's routine and different components in choosing coverage. 3 regulations are tested: equivalent employment, family violence and reproductive rights, with extra realization to gender equality coverage in Japan and 'family pleasant coverage' in either countries. The research examines the importance of foreign feminism and new criteria of gender fairness - kansetsu gaiatsu - as a source for eastern feminists looking coverage reform, in addition to new developments towards coverage cooperation. the longer term function of the USA, lengthy a pacesetter in coverage improvement for girls, is seriously analyzed, and Gelb means that American feminists and policymakers can research very important classes from the adventure of eastern women's routine and efforts at influencing public policy.

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The pro-choice movement survives through such organizations as the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood, as significant membership and protest figures suggest, but it has come at a cost. Much energy has been consumed in trying to defend reproductive rights; a necessary battle, but one that sometimes has limited the movement’s ability to be more proactive on other important issues. Another area that has proven more difficult for American feminists has been that of combining work and family life/motherhood.

After an unfavorable ruling in 2000, the group mounted a “Human Chain” demonstration with over 200 participants to protest the Osaka District Court decision and set the stage for their appeal. Each case is continually evaluated and other legal and policy developments, nationally and internationally, constantly assessed. WWIN conducts research and gathers data on discriminatory practices in order to publicize the plight of working women. The group has developed good media access and, win or lose in the courts, is usually assured of a hearing and publicity in the press.

S. , access to abortion). The system of separation of powers with its multiple entry and veto points also permits more opportunities for policy intervention, as does the fact that the bureaucracy is more open and permeable than its Japanese counterpart. While their claims are often controversial and, as noted, besieged by effective counter-mobilization, American feminists have achieved a degree of legitimacy in political decision making perhaps still far off for Japanese feminists in a system which has, in the main, not been receptive to change-oriented groups.

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