The "Power of Presence": Professional Women Leaders and Family Law Reform in Morocco. By: Charrad, Mounira M; Stephan, Rita. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society. Summer2020, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p337-360. 24p.

The 2004 reforms of Islamic family law in Morocco brought about a long-awaited expansion of women’s rights. The Moroccan women’s movement was a key player in the promulgation of the reforms. We highlight the role of professional women leaders in the movement and show how they developed political capital and the “power of presence” by combining (i) professional attainment, (ii) leadership in women’s organizations, and (iii) active participation or positions in politics and civil society. We suggest that more needs to be understood about the implications of women’s education and professional attainment for legal change, especially in the Middle East.