Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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TAKAKO DOI (1928–)

Takako Doi is one of the most important figures in Japanese postwar politics. Having experienced the tragedy of war, the taste of hunger, and the maledominated Japanese society, she rose to become the first woman in Japan to accomplish many things. In college, she was the first woman to lead her rugby team as its manager. In politics, she was the first woman ever to hold the position as chairperson of any political party, and to become the first woman speaker of the powerful Lower House of the Japanese Diet.

As a friend of the oppressed, Doi has worked to improve human rights for all. To Doi, all injustice and discrimination is a question of basic rights, rights that must forever be guarded and protected with never-ending diligence. She is a people person and enjoys the simple things of life. Her desire to sing at karaoke lounges and play pachinko, a Japanese-style pinball gambling machine, has won her the confidence and support of the average citizen.

Doi helped to bring about change in Japanese politics by working with the other minority parties to bring an end to the Liberal Democrats’ control of the Diet. From an historical standpoint, her election as speaker of the House of Representatives was as significant as the election of the Hosogawa coalition government.

In addition, Doi is well known for her work as a guardian of the constitution and has gathered grassroots support for her pacifist policy and environmental concerns. While she has worked hard for the rights of women and children, she has also won the support of labor unions, farmers, fishermen, the ordinary worker, and the owners of small businesses. Doi has also played the role of consumer advocate and was strongly against the 3 percent consumer tax enacted in 1989.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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