The contributors to this edited volume explore the effects of
various development strategies and associated macroeconomic
policies on women's well-being and progress towards gender
equality. Detailed analyses of major UN reports on gender reveal
the different approaches to assessing absolute and relative
progress for women and the need to take into account the specifics
of policy regimes when making such assessments. The book argues
that neoliberal policies, especially the liberalization of trade
and investment, make it difficult to close gender wage and earnings
gaps, and new gender sensitive policies need to be devised. These
and other issues are all examined in more detail in several
gendered development histories of countries from Latin America and
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