This chapter describes the political importance and the themes covered by the succeeding chapters. This book is grounded in feminist political theory and the belief that unequal power relationships between women and men are real, important, and unjust. Focusing on Western welfare states, it rejects the widely articulated claim that feminism is now redundant, and it treats naming and contesting gender inequalities as a matter of political priority. The book sees feminist politics as inseparable from other ‘progressive’ movements, as the needs of women cannot be addressed in isolation from other socio-economic inequalities. This chapter notes that time is both a primary good in itself and a key political resource that citizens need if they are to contribute to their communities and express their interests and views.
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