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Christine Chinkin examines the impact of globalization on the public/private dichotomy and the status of women. She begins by tracing how traditional power structures, organized around the public/private division, lead to the subordination of women. The weakening of the nation-state at the end of the twentieth century offers a potential challenge to this gender hierarchy, but the emergence of economic forces associated with globalization and the transition to free market economies in the countries of the former Soviet bloc threaten women's struggle for equality.


Reproduced with permission. Published as Chinkin, Christine M. "Gender and Globalization." In Women's Rights: The Public/Private Dichotomy, edited by Jurate Motiejunaite, 117-122. Sourcebooks on Contemporary Controversies. New York: International Debate Education Association, 2005.