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The Politics of the Women's Movement: The Question of Feminism, Nationalism, and the “New” Woman

Ellen L. Fleischmann

in The Nation and Its "New" Women

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937048 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237896.003.0006
The Politics of the Women's Movement: The Question of Feminism, Nationalism, and the “New” Woman

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The Palestinian women's movement feminist agenda was located within a nationalist framework. One of the first resolutions and subsequent by-laws published during the establishment of the movement in 1929 included a clause that stated the goals of undertaking a “women's awakening” and elevating the standing of women in Palestine. The movement's work toward these goals was inconsistent and not programmatic, and usually the feminist content of its agenda took second place to the national issue. This was because the women's vision of how to elevate Arab women's status was embedded in their concepts of the role of the nation state.

Keywords: state; nation; Arab; women; movement

Chapter.  16453 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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