Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Defying Convention"

New from Cambridge University Press: Defying Convention: U.S. Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women's Rights by Lisa Baldez.

About the book, from the publisher:
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) articulates what has now become a global norm. CEDAW establishes the moral, civic, and political equality of women; women's right to be free from discrimination and violence; and the responsibility of governments to take positive action to achieve these goals. The United States is not among the 187 countries that have ratified the treaty. To explain why the United States has not ratified CEDAW, this book highlights the emergence of the treaty in the context of the Cold War, the deeply partisan nature of women's rights issues in the United States, and basic disagreements about how human rights treaties work.
Visit Lisa Baldez's website.

--Marshal Zeringue