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Women's Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985)

Women's Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985) book review essays Women’s Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985) Review essay by Chiara Bonfi glioli Jocelyn Olcott, International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History, Oxford University Press, 2017, 352 pp., $34.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-19532-768-7. Kristen Ghodsee, Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women’s Activism and Global Soli- darity during the Cold War, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019, 306 pp. $25.35 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-47800-181-2. Women’s and feminist activism in the Cold War era, and particularly transnational encounters across Cold War borders, have gained increased scholarly attention in the past decade, with researchers highlighting the complexity of activists’ loyalties, as well as the impact of Cold War tensions and polarizations on women’s and feminist movements. Western liberal narratives on the “global women’s movement,” which tended to neglect other perspectives, have also been increasingly challenged by new research, which makes evident the contribution of diff erent strands of feminism and women’s activism to Cold War debates on women’s rights. The two recent volumes by Jocelyn Olcott and Kristen Ghodsee focus on a specifi c moment of the Cold War era, namely, the United Nations Decade for Women (1975–1985), with its three conferences in Mexico http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Women's Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985)

Aspasia , Volume 14 (1) – Mar 1, 2020

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1933-2882
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1933-2890
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10.3167/asp.2020.140110
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book review essays Women’s Activism, the Cold War, and the UN Decade for Women (1975–1985) Review essay by Chiara Bonfi glioli Jocelyn Olcott, International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History, Oxford University Press, 2017, 352 pp., $34.95 (paperback), ISBN: 978-0-19532-768-7. Kristen Ghodsee, Second World, Second Sex: Socialist Women’s Activism and Global Soli- darity during the Cold War, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2019, 306 pp. $25.35 (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-47800-181-2. Women’s and feminist activism in the Cold War era, and particularly transnational encounters across Cold War borders, have gained increased scholarly attention in the past decade, with researchers highlighting the complexity of activists’ loyalties, as well as the impact of Cold War tensions and polarizations on women’s and feminist movements. Western liberal narratives on the “global women’s movement,” which tended to neglect other perspectives, have also been increasingly challenged by new research, which makes evident the contribution of diff erent strands of feminism and women’s activism to Cold War debates on women’s rights. The two recent volumes by Jocelyn Olcott and Kristen Ghodsee focus on a specifi c moment of the Cold War era, namely, the United Nations Decade for Women (1975–1985), with its three conferences in Mexico

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Published: Mar 1, 2020

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