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Zoe Pflaeger Young

The gender dynamics of trade have received little attention within literature on the political economy of trade. Feminist political economists have sought to emphasize the gendered nature of trade, which involves paying greater attention to the impacts of international trade on gender as well as the ways in which gender inequalities interact with other forms of inequality to shape the nature and outcomes of trade policy itself. Feminist literature goes beyond the focus on trade policy and institutions to consider the complex and often contradictory relationship between the structures and practices of international trade and everyday forms of gendered inequality, such as gendered access to employment opportunities and resources and the gendered division of labour within the household. This chapter outlines this gendered approach to trade as well as feminist interventions in trade policy that promote more gender-equitable trade and support women producers and workers in global production networks.