From Motherhood To Citizenship / Edition 1

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Overview

It was not until the second half of the twentieth century that many countries began granting women the right to participate in public institutions as individuals. Until then, women were incorporated into various domains of life mainly through their relational roles as mothers. In From Motherhood to Citizenship, Nitza Berkovitch argues that this trend is not confined to specific countries, but represents a worldwide phenomenon. Moreover, the forces that shape this transformation are embedded in the global cultural and political system.

Berkovitch offers the first detailed account of the critical role played by international organizations in the promotion of women's rights by individual nation-states. Demonstrating the importance of rhetoric in the framing of women's issues, the book traces the formation of the global agenda on women. From Motherhood to Citizenship begins in the 1870s, when the earliest international campaigns fought the "evils done to womankind," and continues through the interwar era in which the first official world bodies (the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization) promoted and expanded the concept of "women's protection." It concludes with the recent United Nations Decade for Women, which for the first time puts "women's rights" on the world agenda.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Sociology - Winifred R. Poster
Most compelling is how Berkovitch demands self-reflection among feminist scholars. In illustrating the link between international policy, the 'scientization' of gender (that is, the need for quantitative measures to represent womanhood), and the drive for data collection on equality, she reminds us of the historical context of our own research agenda.
South African Journal of International Affairs - Jeannette Campbell
The writing has a very logical and clear progression... Overall, this book... will be of value to students of women's rights or of general human rights.
American Journal of Sociology
Most compelling is how Berkovitch demands self-reflection among feminist scholars. In illustrating the link between international policy, the 'scientization' of gender (that is, the need for quantitative measures to represent womanhood), and the drive for data collection on equality, she reminds us of the historical context of our own research agenda.

— Winifred R. Poster

South African Journal of International Affairs
The writing has a very logical and clear progression... Overall, this book... will be of value to students of women's rights or of general human rights.

— Jeannette Campbell

Booknews
Beginning with the 1870s and the earliest international campaigns against sexism, Berkovitch (behavioral science, Ben-Gurion U., Israel) traces the history of the role played by international organizations in the promotion of women's rights. She explores the formation of the League of Nations and the International Labour Organization and their concerns for women's protection, and concludes with an examination of the UN Decade for Women, which has placed women's rights at the forefront of the international agenda. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801871023
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 1/16/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Nitza Berkovitch is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Graphs
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Women's Rights and Global Discourse 1
2 "Improving the Lot of Womanhood": The Emerging World Social Agenda 18
3 "For the Protection of Women and Children": The Interwar Era Discourse on Women 58
4 Human Rights and Working Women: The Global Campaign and State Action 100
5 From "Mothers of the Race" to "Human Resources" 139
6 Setting a New Research Agenda 168
App Countries by Date of Adoption of Equal Pay Law 179
References 181
Index 197
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