Women's Activism brings together twelve innovative contributions from feminist historians from around the world to 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 three parts. Part one, brings together four essays about organized women's activism across borders. The chapters in part two focus on the variety of women's activism and explore women's activism in different national and political contexts. And part three explores the changing relationships and inequalities among women.
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. Essential reading for anyone interested in women's history and the history of activism more generally
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 212
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm
"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
"Women's Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1980s to the Present is an inspiring work. It offers clear and insightful analysis of complex topics within the women's liberation movement, while engaging the reader in an easy-to-read writing style. As it describes recent forms of activism from the 1980s until the present day, as the title already makes clear, Women's Activism not only offers the reader insights into the history of women's activism, but also offers inspiration to individuals and collectives to continue resisting forms of inequality against women at all levels."
Yvette Wijnandts, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, in Women's Studies International Forum
"The editors of... Women's Activism: Global Perspectives from the 1890s to the Present, Francisca de Haan, Margaret Allen, June Purvis and Krassimira Daskalova, take as their starting-point a tripartite conceptual framework, set out in an excellent introduction. The three main contentions at the heart of this project are the global interconnectedness of women's activism for social justice, the need to set aside a single-minded focus on gender as a category of analysis, and the urgency of de-centring Eurocentric perspectives... The global focus of this collection throws the differences between women, and the problems of using `gender' as a single category of analysis, into sharp relief."
Josie McLellan, University of Bristol, UK, in English Historical Review
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