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The Transformation Process and the Status of Women

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The last decades of the past century have been characterized by an appreciable rise in the participation of women in economic and political life. Representing more than half of the electorate, they are beginning to influence social choice to an ever greater extent. Suffice it to say that, on the one hand, women today own more than one-third of businesses and hire one-fourth of the labor force, and, on the other, constitute 55 percent of students at colleges and almost 50 percent at medical and law schools. In families with two workers, about one-fourth of the women earn more than their husbands.>sup>1>/sup> The share of women in ministerial posts doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent in just one decade (1987-96).>sup>2>/sup>

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