Analysis of Violence Against Women In Politics Wins Grawemeyer Award
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Rutgers University scholar Mona Lena Krook has won the 2022 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for exploring the nature of violence against women in politics and suggesting ways to prevent it.
Krook , a political science professor who chairs Rutgers’ doctoral program on women and politics, received the prize for ideas set forth in “Violence in Women in Politics: A Global Phenomenon,” her 2020 book published by Oxford University Press. Mona Lena Krook For the book, she collected details on the growing attacks against women in politics worldwide and reviewed dozens of previous studies on the issue. Based on her findings, she sorted the violence into five types: physical, psychological, sexual, economic and intimidation through words and images. In all cases, the intent of the behavior was to exclude women from public life, she said.
As she chronicles the stories of women who have been bullied, shamed, threatened, arrested and even murdered while serving in political roles, Krook explains how the phenomenon has caused women to withdraw from politics and has made others reluctant to enter the field. She ends the book with ideas to address the problem.