Fashioning the Future: The Women's Movement in Kuwait

Mary Ann Tétreault, Helen Rizzo and Doron Shultziner

in Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164989
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971266 | DOI:
Fashioning the Future: The Women's Movement in Kuwait

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This chapter discusses the movements that supported improving women's status in Kuwaiti society, beginning in the 1950s, spearheaded by young Kuwaiti men who were deeply influenced by Arab nationalist ideology and a strong desire to modernize Kuwaiti society. It also discusses the socioeconomic changes that were brought by oil wealth and the social impact of an increasingly generous welfare state on Kuwaiti citizens and how it influenced the improvement of women's status, their health and education, access to the labor force, and positions in civil society.

Keywords: Kuwait; Kuwaiti; women; movement; right; Gulf War; Sunni; Shi'i

Chapter.  11035 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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