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International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Hardback)
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International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 13/07/2017
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The United Nations declared 1975 the International Women's Year, a time to focus on the issues facing all members of the female sex on a global level. The capstone event of the year was the International Women's Year conference, dubbed "the greatest consciousness-raising event in history," held in Mexico City that summer. It attracted delegates from 133 countries, in addition to non-governmental organizations and press. The attendees included the famous-Betty Friedan, Jane Fonda, Angela Davis, and Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, among them; the royal-Princess Pahlavi of Iran; the politically connected-Leah Rabin of Israel, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Sirmavo Bandaranaike, and Egyptian first lady Jihan el-Sadat; and the grassroots. Splits were anticipated between white, Western liberal feminists and "Third World"/Communist/indigenous women, but what emerged from the conference was a far more complex realization that sisterhood was not more powerful than the issues that divided women, among them economic inequality, prostitution, reproductive rights, professional opportunities, Zionism, and disarmament. The conference was a major watershed in second-wave feminism, but in a larger sense, it marked the consolidation of transnational feminist organizing and a turning point in the role of NGOs in international activism, organizing, and governance. That this conference took place at the height of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and raised issues then being debated in diplomatic settings, heightens the importance of the IWY conference. Jocelyn Olcott has written a history of this event and its importance in a gripping narrative style that will appeal to those interested in international history, women's studies, and transnational movements.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195327687
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 648 g
Dimensions: 243 x 172 x 26 mm


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Jocelyn Olcott has made a terrific contribution to womens history and the history of transnational feminism. International Womens Yearis based on a mountain of research that, as far as I can tell, no one else has even attempted in small part. Olcott attacks her subject from as many angles as imaginablerunning down details; opening up space for multiple inferences, contradictory interpretations, and unresolvable complexity; following through with evidence-based assessments of impact, meaning, and significance; and concluding with a sophisticated and truly enlightening discussion of the theoretical conundrums underpinning the writing of womens history and the methodological challenges of transnational historical research. It is social-political-cultural transnational feminist history at its very best. Every historian of feminism will want to read this work; every transnational feminist organizer will thank her for it. * Tracey Jean Boisseau, American Historical Review *
Olcott's detailed study of 1970s feminism... is a global reading set within the wider geo-political and regional divisions as they were shaped and, in turn, impacted the UN commitment to transnational human rights and humanitarian change. * Jean H. Quataert, Journal of Social History *
The book's concise and accessible prose makes it a must-read for anyone interested in feminist or gender studies, while the various conceptual bridges it constructs across several fields should make it of particular interest to scholars working on the Non-Aligned Movement, NGO organizations, and the Cold War. * DAVID YEE, doctoral candidate in Philosophy at the University of Turku, Finland, Global Histories *

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