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ThePursuitofHumanWellBeing

PartoftheseriesInternationalHandbooksofQualityofLifepp609637

Date:11January2017

TheHistoryofWellBeingandtheGlobalProgressofWomen
ElizabethEckermann

Abstract
Documentingthehistoryofwellbeingfromagenderperspective,aswellastrackingtheglobalprogressofwomensrightsand
circumstances,requiresananalysisofthediversityoftransformationsingenderrelationsacrosstimeandspace.Muchofthischange
hasresultedfromwomenbeingactiveagentsintheirowndestinies,individuallyandcollectively,andassumingleadershiprolesin
polity,economy,business,andeducation.Womencreatethemilestones(suchasgainingfemalesuffrage)inonecontextthatsetthe
benchmarkforwomeninothercommunities.Theseincrementalgainsparalleldevelopmentsinhumanrightsassociatedwithclassand
race.Thegeographicallyunevendismantlingofpatriarchalanddiscriminatorysocialstructuresandattitudesishighlightedin
historicalexamplesfromancienttimestothepresent.Humanrights,politics,health,economy,work,family,religion,education,
violence,andbodyimagearethekeydomainsexploredinthischaptertoillustratedisparateratesofprogresstowardgenderequity.It
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istheconsequencesforwomenandgirls,andformenandboys,ofthisunequalhistorythatledtotheinternationalcallfortheUnited
NationsBeijingConferenceonWomenin1995andframedtheareasofconcerninitsPlatformforAction.Theremainingchallengesto
genderequitywerealsoakeyimpetusfortheMillenniumDevelopmentGoals(MDGs19902015)andtheSustainableDevelopment
Goals(SDGs20152030).Dramaticprogresshasbeenmadeinthepastcenturytowardgenderequityinmostfields,andinmany
countries,butfurtheropportunitiesexistforenhancementofphysical,emotional,andsocialwellbeingforbothwomenandmenofall
ages.Theseopportunitiesarehighlightedinthischapter.Currenttrendspointtoafutureofgreaterattentiontogenderrelationsinthe
incorporationofsubjectivewellbeingdataincommunity,national,andinternationalpolicyanddecisionmakingenhancedvisibility
andsocialinclusionformarginalizedwomenandashiftinresearchfocusandresourcesfromdevelopedtodevelopingcountries.

Keywords

GenderrelationsWellbeingGenderequityHistoryofwomenProgress

Theeducationofwomenisthebestwaytosavetheenvironment.(WilsonE.O.Wilsonn.d.)

Genderinequalityisafarreachingsocietalimpairment,notmerelyaspecialdeprivationofwomen.Thatsocialunderstandingis
urgentaswellasmomentous.(Sen2005:250)

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TheHistoryofWellBeingandtheGlobalProgressofWomen
BookTitle
ThePursuitofHumanWellBeing
BookSubtitle
TheUntoldGlobalHistory
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PartIV
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pp609637
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2017
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10.1007/9783319391014_18
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Wellbeing
Genderequity
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3.PamplinCollegeofBusinessDepartmentofMarketing,VirginiaPolytechnicInstitute&StateUniversity(VirginiaTech)

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4.ArtsandEducationFaculty,DeakinUniversity,Geelong,VIC,3217,Australia

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