Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World

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Verso Books, Sep 13, 2016 - Social Science - 304 pages
For twenty-five years, Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World has been an essential primer on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of women's movements in Asia and the Middle East. In this engaging and well-researched survey, Kumari Jayawardena presents feminism as it originated in the Third World, erupting from the specific struggles of women fighting against colonial power, for education or the vote, for safety, and against poverty and inequality.

Journalist and human rights activist Rafia Zakaria's foreword to this new edition is an impassioned letter in two parts: the first to Western feminists; the second to feminists in the Global South, entreating them to use this "compendium of female courage" as a bridge between women of different nations.

Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World was chosen as one of the top twenty Feminist Classics of this Wave, 1970-1990, by Ms. magazine, and won the Feminist Fortnight Award in the UK.


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Reformism and Womens Rights in Egypt
Womens Struggles and Emancipation from Above in Iran
A Note
Emancipation and Subordination of Women in Sri Lanka
The Movement for Equal Rights for Women in Indonesia
Womens Struggles for Democratic Rights in the Philippines
Feminism and Revolutionary Struggles in China
Women Reformists and Revolutionaries in Vietnam
Women and Resistance in Korea
The Challenge of Feminism in Japan

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About the author (2016)

Kumari Jayawardena is a leading feminist scholar, active in the women's and civil rights movements in Sri Lanka. A graduate of the London School of Economics and the Institut de Science Politique in Paris, she taught in the political science and women's studies programs at Colombo University.