Women's Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present

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Women’s Activism brings together twelve innovative contributions from feminist historians from around the world. They look at how women have always found ways to challenge or fight inequalities and hierarchies as individuals, in international women’s organizations, as political leaders, and in global forums such as the United Nations.

The book is divided into four parts. Part One, Transnational Women’s Activism, brings together three essays about organized women’s activism ...

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Overview

Women’s Activism brings together twelve innovative contributions from feminist historians from around the world. They look at how women have always found ways to challenge or fight inequalities and hierarchies as individuals, in international women’s organizations, as political leaders, and in global forums such as the United Nations.

The book is divided into four parts. Part One, Transnational Women’s Activism, brings together three essays about organized women’s activism across borders. The chapters in Part Two, focus on Varieties of Women’s Activism and explore women’s activism in different national and political contexts. Part Three looks at "Race," Colonialism, and Sisterhood, these essays focus on inequalities among women. And Part Four deals with Issues of Women’s Citizenship in two very different contexts: African Jamaican women’s struggle for citizenship in the interwar years and the status of unmarried mothers in Norway during the twentieth century.

This book addresses women’s internationalism and struggle for their rights in the international arena; it deals with racism and colonialism in Australia, India and Europe; women’s movements and political activism in South Africa, Eastern Bengal (Bangladesh), the United Kingdom, Japan and France; and issues of women’s citizenship in Jamaica and Norway.

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"Women's Activism is a groundbreaking collection of essays that explore in depth the histories, contradictions, tensions, and potential coalitions among feminist ideologies and communities around the world. From examining how women’s rights evolved in the early years of the United Nations to feminist organizing in late nineteenth- and early-twentieth century Eastern Bengal to the political organizing of tradition-minded housewives in post-1970s Japan the twelve essays here not only inform but challenge the reader on multiple levels. Perfect for the classroom and for simply reading Women's Activism is a superb, and much needed collection of contemporary scholarship." - Michael Bronski, Harvard University, USA

"This is a very valuable set of essays offering fresh insights on the international contexts that have shaped feminist agency and women's activism across the modern world. It is of significance to all students and scholars of women's and gender history, women's studies, and feminist politics." - Louise A. Jackson, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415535755
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/3/2013
  • Series: Women's and Gender History Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Francisca de Haan is Professor of Gender Studies at the Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary. Her publications include The Rise of Caring Power. Elizabeth Fry and Josephine Butler in Britain and the Netherlands (Amsterdam University Press, 1999), co-authored with Annemieke van Drenth; and A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms. Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries (Central European University Press, 2006), co-edited with Krassimira Daskalova and Anna Loutfi.

June Purvis is Professor of Women’s and Gender History, University of Portsmouth, UK. Her publications include, Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (2002, Routledge), and The Women’s Suffrage Movement: new feminist perspectives, co-edited with Maroula Joannou (Manchester University Press, 1998 and 2010).

Margaret Allen is Professor Emerita in Gender Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia. Her publications include, as coauthor, Fresh Evidence, New Witnesses Finding Women's History Adelaide, (Stateprint, 1989) and Limited Access: Women's Disadvantage in Higher Education Employment (NTEU, 1995).

Krassmira Daskalova is a Professor of Modern European Cultural History at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, St. Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, Bulgaria. She is the author, editor and co-editor of fifteen books

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: Transnational Women’s Activism Part 2: Varieties of Women’s Activism Part 3: “Race,” Colonialism, and Sisterhood Part 4: Issues of Women’s Citizenship

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