Resources on understanding female power
January 12, 2014 9:08 AM Subscribe
I am interested in books, articles, perspectives, etc., to help me understand female power in its various forms.
posted by htid to Human Relations (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I would like to keep this question a little broad, because I don't know exactly what I am looking for (if I did, I would go right for it).
What does it look like to be empowered? Is that a worthwhile goal? What does it mean financially and relationally? I'm interested in understanding this better in terms of career choices, partner choices, and other choices.
I have a murky idea that some women are more empowered than others, e.g. based on the country they live in, and that in some ways women are more empowered than decades ago. I'm not so much looking for a history of feminism, but specifically writings/watchings/etc on what it means to have power and what that looks like. How is it measured? How does it change in the lifespan and what does it mean for it to be lost and gained? What choices most affect it? Etc. In particular for women.
Some of the first examples that come to my mind of powerful women are Anna Wintour and Angelina Jolie, with both having a lot of control over their interpersonal and professional lives. However that's a really obvious image of a powerful woman, and a fairly superficial one. There may be ways to be empowered in a more everyday ways. I'd like to get a better understanding of this concept of power for women.
So as to not be chatfilter, I am asking this question because I have career and partner choices ahead and would like to understand how people smarter than me have thought about these topics. Also I'm not looking for personal insights (unless they're really awesome) as I am to links to resources.