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There is a growing knowledge base in understanding the differences and similarities between women and men, as well as the diversities among women and sexualities. Although genetic and biological characteristics define human beings conventionally as women and men, their experiences are contextualized in multiple dimensions in terms of gender, sexuality, class, age, ethnicity, and other social dimensions. Beyond the biological and genetic basis of gender differences, gender intersects with culture and other social locations which affect the socialization and development of women across their life span. This handbook provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource to understand the intersectionality of gender differences, to dispel myths, and to examine gender-relevant as well as culturally relevant implications and appropriate interventions. Featuring a truly international mix of contributors, and incorporating cross-cultural research and comparative perspectives, this handbook will inform mainstream psychology of the international literature on the psychology of women and gender.


'This fascinating handbook clearly lays out international perspectives and presents a variety of women's experiences across multicultural contexts. It also challenges mainstream psychology and its traditional assumptions of the universality in psychological theories. This volume is a must-have!'

Christine Roland-Lévy - President, International Association of Applied Psychology

'This is a timely volume that pierces the invisible ceiling in psychology, where the majority are women but men – the minority – tend to dominate in every sphere. It contributes significantly to achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal #5 of gender equality in a skewed discipline, enabling the empowerment of women and encouraging girls to enter psychology.'

Saths Cooper - Past President, International Union of Psychological Science, and Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

'The book touches upon many layers of the ‘psychology of women’, creating opportunities to connect these discussions that empower the reader to explore and develop their own understanding of topics covered in an excellent way. It is a great achievement.'

Gülsün Sağlamer - President of the European Women Rectors Association, and Former Rector of Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

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