Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:History and Politics Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Empowering minority women: Autonomy versus participation
Author(s): Baumeister, Andrea
Contact Email:
Keywords: gender equality
cultural justice
Martha Nussbaum
Marilyn Friedman
Monique Deveaux
Ayelet Shachar
Sex discrimination
Issue Date: Aug-2012
Date Deposited: 7-Sep-2012
Citation: Baumeister A (2012) Empowering minority women: Autonomy versus participation. Contemporary Political Theory, 11 (3), pp. 285-304.
Abstract: Feminist attempts to empower women within their own cultural traditions have employed two broad strategies: authentic choice and participation. This paper argues that the methodological problems that beset the authentic choice strategy tell in favour of the participation approach. However, proponents of the participation strategy have failed to pay sufficient attention to the background conditions that need to be met if women are to make effective use of the institutional mechanisms their models advocate. If women are to be effective political agents at least some of the most serious structural inequalities that women face must be addressed. A nuanced statement of the participation strategy must therefore take account of long-standing feminist concerns regarding economic equality and access to resources. While this approach falls short of the demanding conditions for democratic citizenship implicit in the authentic choice strategy, it none the less places significant limits on the scope of participatory strategies and links the goal of empowering women within their own cultural traditions to wider feminist struggles to secure greater economic equality for women in general.
DOI Link: 10.1057/cpt.2011.26
Rights: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Contemporary Political Theory. The definitive publisher-authenticated version volume 11, issue 3, pp. 285–304(2012) is available online at:

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
baumeister_CPT_2012.pdfFulltext - Accepted Version193.07 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.