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Broadening Perspectives With Olga A. Avdeyeva’s “Defending Women’s Rights in Europe: Gender Equality and EU Enlargement”

Chicago, IL – WEBWIRE

The fight for women’s rights has been on for decades, and we surely have no plans on stopping; Olga A. Avdeyeva’s book is proof of that. Entitled, “Defending Women’s Rights in Europe: Gender Equality and EU Enlargement,” it draws a comparative analysis of gender equality reforms enacted in ten post-communist states who became members of the European Union.

An Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, Olga evaluates the international influences of state compliance of EU countries regarding gender equality. She particularly observed ten post-communist states like Lithuania, Czech Republic, Poland, and others. Between 2004 and 2007, these states became members of EU, but getting in required them to comply with EU accession requirement on gender equality. In the book, Olga determines and compares the progress of the compliance of each country and discusses with us the international pressures she collectively calls as conditionality, normative pressures, and social pressures.

From aspirants seeking EU candidacy, to EU candidate states, and finally, to EU member states— the author gives us rich insights on how these nations got in by taking action on women’s rights. She explains the puzzling variations in levels of state compliance between them, pointing out the front-runners and the laggards and of course, telling us why. Her analysis opens our eyes to the efforts of various European countries in terms of their advocacies on gender equality and women’s movements; revealing the policy and institutional reforms they’ve developed, and maintaining it despite the costs and lack of popular support.

Filled with graphs, statistics, and outstanding knowledge, this book will broaden your perspective. Get your copy at

“Defending Women’s Rights in Europe: Gender Equality and EU Enlargement” by Olga A. Avdeyeva
Hardcover : 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1438455917
ISBN-13: 978-1438455914
Paperback : 286 pages
ISBN-10 : 1438455925
ISBN-13 : 978-1438455921

About the Author
Olga A. Avdeyeva is Associate Professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago.

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 Comparative Analysis
 Women’s Rights
 Post-communist States
 European Union
 Olga A. Avdeyeva

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