Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 3, May

A History of Women in Afghanistan: Lessons Learnt for the Future or Yesterdays and Tomorrow: Women in Afghanistan
Abstract In this paper, through the history of women in Afghanistan, I want to locate the position of women in the future by lessons learnt from the past. Given Afghanistan's current situation of poverty, political disenfranchisement and social...
An Ideal Unionist: The Political Career of Theresa, Marchioness of Londonderry, 1911-1919
Abstract The most prominent unionist woman in the early twentieth century was Theresa, Marchioness of Londonderry. During the Third Home Rule Crisis and its aftermath, Lady Londonderry worked tirelessly against Irish self-government. She had been...
Cape Verde's Empresarias: Image and Reality
Abstract The West African Republic of Cape Verde was under socialist governance from the time of independence in 1975 until its first multi-party government initiated privatization in 1991. The study examines, as of the mid-90s, the emergent entrepreneurial...
Family Obligations or Cultural Contraints? Obstacles in the Path of Professional Women
Abstract This paper provides an account of our research on balancing private life and work among highly qualified information technology (IT) professionals. The authors basically present the findings of an empirical research on balancing private...
Identifying Indigenous Health Technologies Used by Women in a Rural Community in Nigeria on the Cord Stumps of Newborns: A Decrease in Cord Infections and Neonatal Tetanus?
Abstract About two-thirds of births in developing countries take place outside health facilities and almost half of the women are delivered by untrained traditional birth attendants (TBAs), family members or deliver on their own. A wide variety...
Irish Women: Uncovering Their Language of Power
Abstract In this paper I discuss my experience as an older student studying in Ireland. I connect my encounter in Ireland with a preeminent female Irish poet, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, to research I was conducting on the social evolution of women in...
Maria Stewart and the Rhetoric of Mobility
Abstract Formulating a black feminist rhetoric, a counter-narrative that joins rather than separates the church with politics, Maria Stewart, in the meditations and political speeches of the Productions of Mrs. Maria Stewart (1835) calls on the...
Maternalism in Mistress-Maid Relations: The Philippine Experience
Abstract The mistress-maid relationship, grounded in maternalism, provides a glaring example of the class inequality among women. Contextualized in the Third World, this paper examines maternalism both as a complex, hierarchical system that governs...
Seeing Battle, Knowing War: Feminist Re-Visioning in Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu's "The Man Whose Heart They Could See"
Abstract As an exploration of the themes of disillusionment and the failure of language, Romanian writer Hortensia Papadat-Bengescu's "The Man Whose Heart They Could See" would seem to share much with better-known men's writing on the war such as...
Separating from Violent Male Partners: A Resistant Act in the Midst of Power Relations
Abstract This article draws on Foucauldian feminist theory to conceptualize separating from violent male partners by women as an act of resistance. Thus conceptualized, leaving takes on a new meaning as a strategy used by women to disrupt abusive...
The Gender Blindness of Good Theorists: An Israeli Case Study
Abstract In this article I use Swirski's book (1) as a sounding board for a theoretical discussion about issues of marginality and gender in Israeli society. My aim is to discuss a number of issues connected with gender blindness that are prevalent...
The Ground beneath Her Feet: "Third World" Feminisms
Abstract This paper advances the argument that third world feminism calls for a re-orienting of our critical energies from merely taking sides in a debate, to questioning the material and ideological lens that interpolates the debate, i.e., the...
Using Imagination to Create New Roles: Diane Wakoski's Poetry
In 2001, as my "Women In America" class drew to a close, my freshman students had a complaint so compelling that they risked offending me just before I calculated final grades. They announced that the women's movement seemed a failure to them because...
"Word Made Flesh": Czech Women's Writing from Communism to Post-Communism
Abstract This article explores the changes in Czech women's fiction from communism to post- communism, focusing in particular on Czech women writers' relationship to literary discourse and feminism. It contends that women writers' rapport to ideological...
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