Women’s Movements, Identity Politics, and Policy Impacts: A Study of Policies on Violence against Women in the 50 United States

  title={Women’s Movements, Identity Politics, and Policy Impacts: A Study of Policies on Violence against Women in the 50 United States},
  author={S. Laurel Weldon},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly (formerly WPQ)},
  pages={111 - 122}
  • S. L. Weldon
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Political Science
  • Political Research Quarterly (formerly WPQ)
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