Research on Clan Governance Reveals How the Status of Women Affect a Nation’s Security

The WomanStats Project announces the American Political Science Review (APSR) article of Donna Lee Bowen, Valerie Hudson, and Lynne Nielsen.  The article reveals how the status of women affects a nation’s security and stability.  Clan governance typically involves patrilineal leadership and the subordination of women through marriage practices specific to upholding this system.  Read the abstract and full article, in the leading political science journal in the US, at:

In addition, you can find the first Clan Governance Index, featured in this article, on the WomanStats website ( as MULTIVAR-SCALE-4 (scale #4 from the top of the page).  While we call it the “Clan Governance Index,” it actually measures the degree of female subordination in marriage.  Why?  Certain marriage practices create certain political orders and function as a predictor for the stability of those societies and nation-states.

The following authors designed this landmark research:

Dr. Valerie Hudson, George H.W. Bush Chair and Professor of International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Dr. Donna Lee Bowen, Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies Coordinator, Brigham Young University

Pr. Lynne Nielsen, Associate Teaching Professor of Statistics, Brigham Young University

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