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Publications [#50323] of Jocelyn Olcott

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  1. Jocelyn Olcott, "The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History": International Women's Year and the Challenge of Transnational Feminism (under contract), Oxford University Press
    (last updated on 2009/11/30)

    Abstract:
    In June 1975, thousands of people converged on Mexico City for the UN conference celebrating International Women’s Year (IWY). Billed as the “greatest consciousness-raising event in history,” it opened with considerable fanfare as both the official conference and the parallel tribune for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) quickly became stages for political performances ranging from the sartorial to the ideological. Observers regard IWY as a watershed moment in transnational second-wave feminism. The formal conference offered an unprecedented opportunity to put women at the center of international policymaking, while the NGO forum’s chaotic atmosphere and frequent confrontation exposed the fault lines among those women most vocally committed to pursuing a transnational feminist agenda.


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