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. 11, No. 3, November

Beyond 'Helping': Gender and Relations of Power in Non-Governmental Assistance to Refugees
Abstract This article pursues critical gender analysis of conditions of non-governmental (NGO) assistance in the Czech Republic. The study scrutinises practices of assistance in local, low-threshold NGOs working with immigrants, asylum seekers and/or...
Introduction: Winning and Short-Listed Entries from the 2007 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Annual Student Essay Competition
In this special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies we are pleased to exhibit the winner and shortlisted finalists of 'The Feminist and Women's Studies Association' (FWSA) annual student essay competition. The FWSA was founded in...
'Seeing through a Glass Darkly': Wollstonecraft and the Confinements of Eighteenth-Century Femininity
Abstract This essay applies Luce Irigaray's theories of the speculum and subversive mimesis to Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman. I argue that Wollstonecraft reveals the limitations of eighteenth-century femininity by using...
Speech, Silence and Female Adolescence in Carson McCullers' the Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Angela Carter's the Magic Toyshop
Abstract This paper examines the relationship between adolescent female characters and silence in Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) and Angela Carter's The Magic Toyshop (1967). The established body of criticism focussing on...
To What Extent Was the Relationship between Feminists and the Eugenics Movement a 'Marriage of Convenience' in the Interwar Years?
Abstract This article extends and questions historians' recent inquiry into feminists' relationship with the eugenics movement. It compares the work of three leading feminists--Eleanor Rathbone, Eva Hubback and Mary Stocks--with that of the Eugenics...
Women's Political Representation in Post-Conflict Rwanda: A Politics of Inclusion or Exclusion?
Abstract Though references abound to Rwandan women holding the world's highest percentage of parliamentary representation at 56%, what is rarely addressed is the confluence of two opposing trends in Rwanda's post-conflict environment: that the Rwandan...
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