From: "K. Taglia",

Women's Studies 102-3
Women's Movements from Cross-Cultural Perspectives Fall Semester 1996
Tuesdays and Thursday 10:00am-11:20am

Course Description: How did women gain the vote in various countries in the world? What were some of issues of women's movements in the past?

What are some of the issues today for various women's movement today?

In this course we will begin to answer these questions. For the first part of the course we will look at the historical roots of struggle for political rights and freedoms by women in different countries of the world. In last sections of course we will go beyond the political struggles and look at some of the some social and cultural issues that different women's movements are addressing today.

The class format will be a mixture of class discussions, group exercise on given topics, informal oral reports, and lectures.

There are no prerequisites for this course; however, students who completed WMST 205-3 cannot take this course for credit.

Required Readings:
Jayawardena, Kumari. Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. London and New Jersey: Zed Books, 1986.
There will be a essay package available at the bookstore for purchase. In addition all readings will be placed on reserve in the Library.

Class Participation:=20%
6 two page essays:=10% each (60% total) Final Exam:=20%

Week 1: September 5.
Introduction and Getting Ready.

Weeks 2-3: September 10, 12, 17 and 19. The Western Paradigm of Women's Suffrage Movements. Readings: Ellen Carol Dubois, Woman Suffrage Around the World, in Suffrage and Beyond, 252-274 (JF848.S83 1994). The Woman Movement and Marching into the Twentieth Century in Canadian Women: A History, 189-242 (HQ 1453.C35 1996). Karen Offen, Women, Citizenship and Suffrage with a French Twist, 1789-1993 in Suffrage and Beyond, 151-170 (JF848.S83 1994).

Weeks 4-5: September 24, 26; October 1, 3: Women's Movements in Egypt and India:
Readings: Chapters three and six in Feminism and Nationalism.

Weeks 6-7 October 8, 10, 15, 17:
Women's Movements in the Philippines and China: Readings: Chapters nine and ten in Feminism and Nationalism.

Weeks 8-9: October 22, 24, 29, 31:
Women's Movements in Vietnam and Japan: Readings: Chapters eleven and thirteen in Feminism and Nationalism.

Week 10: November 5 and 7:
The Second Wave of Feminism in North America: Readings: Ripples in the Second Wave: Comparing the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada and the United States, in Challenging Times: The Women's Movements in Canada and the United States, 94-109 (HQ 1154.T54 1992).
The Perspectives of Quebec Feminists=D3 in Challenging Times: The Women's Movements in Canada and the United States, 110-116 (HQ 1154.T54) 1992).

Week 11: November 12 and 14:
Women Organizing on The Right:
Readings: 100% Cooperation: Political Culture in the Klan, in Women of the Klan, 154-173 (HS 2330.K63B44 1991). Feminism Inverted: The Gendered Imagery and Real Women of Hindu Nationalism and Interviews with Women in Women and Right-Wing Movements: Indian Experiences, 158-180 and 329-335 (HQ 1742.W655 1995).

Weeks 12-13: November 19, 21, 26, 28:
Some Contemporary Women's Movements:
Readings: The Women's Movement, Feminism and the National Struggle in Palestine, (essay package or article on reserve). What About Us? and Discovering Disabled Women's History, in And Still We Rise, 173-188 and 371-385 (HQ1453.A54 1993). Personal Reflections on Lesbian Organizing in Ottawa, in Lesbians in Canada, 221-229 (HQ75.6.C3L48 1990).

Week 14: December 3:
Summary and Review of the Semester.

Final Exam.

Kathryn Taglia                        email:
Women's Studies Program              University of Northern British Columbia

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