The Impact of Women’s Status and Gender Inequality on Female Homicide Victimization Rates: Evidence From U.S. Counties
Department or Administrative Unit
Law and Justice
Feminists have long argued that structural inequality between men and women influences the prevalence of female homicide victimization. In the present study, a cross-sectional analysis was performed using data on 3,083 U.S. counties in 2000 to assess the impact of women’s absolute status and gender inequality along educational, employment, income, and occupational dimensions and patriarchal culture on their risk of homicide victimization. The findings indicate that only women’s absolute status contributes to our understanding of cross-sectional variation in female homicide rates across U.S. counties and lends support to Marxist feminist theory.
Vieraitis, L. M., Britto, S., & Kovandzic, T. V. (2007). The Impact of Women’s Status and Gender Inequality on Female Homicide Victimization Rates. Feminist Criminology, 2(1), 57–73. https://doi.org/10.1177/1557085106294187
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