Bury the Corpse of Colonialism: The Revolutionary Feminist Conference of 1949
An intimate look at the 1949 Asian Women’s Conference, the movements it drew from, and its influence on feminist anticolonialism around the world.
In 1949, revolutionary activists from Asia hosted a conference in Beijing that gathered together their comrades from around the world. The Asian Women’s Conference developed a new political strategy, demanding that women from occupying colonial nations contest imperialism with the same dedication as women whose countries were occupied. Bury the Corpse of Colonialism shows how activists and movements create a revolutionary theory over time and through struggle—in this case, by launching a strategy for anti-imperialist feminist internationalism.
At the heart of this book are two stories. The first describes how the 1949 conference came to be, how it was experienced, and what it produced. The second follows the delegates home. What movements did they represent? Whose voices did they carry? How did their struggles hone their praxis? By examining the lives of more than a dozen AWC participants, Bury the Corpse of Colonialism traces the vital differences at the heart of internationalist solidarity for women’s emancipation in a world structured through militarism, capitalism, patriarchy, and the seeming impossibility of justice.
Public Feminisms: From Academy to Community
Carrie N. Baker and Aviva Dove-Viebahn
The field of feminist studies grew from the U.S. women’s movements of the 1960s and 1970s and has continued to be deeply connected to ongoing movements for social justice. As educational institutions are increasingly seeing public scholarship and community engagement as relevant and fruitful complements to traditional academic work, feminist scholars have much to offer in demonstrating different ways to inform and interact with various communities. In this collection, a diverse range of feminist scholar-activists write about the dynamic and varied methods they use to reach beyond traditional classrooms and scholarly journals to share their work with the public. Here is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and importance of community engagement and to archive some of the important public-facing work feminists are doing today. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as administrators hoping to increase their schools’ connections to the community, will find this volume indispensable.
“In Public Feminisms, Baker and Dove-Viebahn have curated a vibrantly intersectional collection of essays that speak both to the longstanding commitment of feminisms to education and activism and the urgent need for this work in the contemporary moment. This book shows how scholar-activists are bringing together knowledge production and the sharing of that knowledge and community engagement through a series of compelling case studies. I can’t wait to teach it.” —Carol A. Stabile, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Oregon
Carrie N. Baker is the Sylvia Dlugasch Baumann professor in American Studies and a professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Aviva Dove-Viebahn is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University.
Women and Political Systems Worldwide
Carrie N. Baker and Marcela Rodrigues-Sherley
In March 1964, two major events happened in the life of a 16-year-old Brazilian girl from Belo Horizonte: her country experienced a coup d’état that would lead to a twenty-one-year military dictatorship. She also started high school. Central State High School was no regular high school; it was the biggest hub for student activism in the country and the place where Dilma Rousseff would start her lifelong fight for democracy.
Here and There, A Story of Women’s Internationalism, 1948-1953
Gita and Betty: An Internationalist Love Story
"Gita and Betty: An Internationalist Love Story" is part of Faith in the Masses: a collection of 12 essays by historians and activist-scholars on various aspects of the 100-year history of the CPUSA. The essays in this book demonstrate the Communist Party, USA's century long commitment to equality, workers' rights, peace, and socialism. They highlight the struggle for African American equality, Black liberation, and women's rights, and place athletic, cultural, and literary activities well within the scope of CPUSA work. This book asserts that the CPUSA played a leading role in the social and economic justice struggles of the 20th century. Included in this collection are three essays that challenge the narrative dominant within traditional academic circles that the CPUSA became a marginal political force post-1956. Faith in the Masses adds the historiography of the CPUSA with a discussion of Communist involvement in the 1960s and 1970s youth and student upsurge, peace, civil rights, and the movement for environmental sustainability.
Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, and Practice
Jennifer Ann Drobac, Carrie N. Baker, and Rigel C. Oliveri
Sexual Harassment Law: History, Cases, and Practice is the only comprehensive textbook covering the origins and development of U.S. sexual harassment law in employment, education, housing, prisons, and the military. Beginning with the first sexual harassment cases in the early 1970s and extending through the contemporary #MeToo movement, this book examines statutory law, federal regulations, case law, and legal reasoning. In addition to careful analysis of relevant law, this textbook reviews topics such as street harassment, online harassment, extra-legal responses to misconduct, mandatory arbitration, and nondisclosure agreements.
The text also examines media coverage and public discourse on sexual harassment, from the 1991 Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings to the 2018 Blasey-Ford/Kavanaugh hearings. Focusing on how the intersections of gender, race, class, and citizenship status shape people’s experience of sexual harassment, the book considers how institutional power enables sex-based harassment and creates barriers to legal relief. Accessible to law students as well as undergraduate students, the book considers the effectiveness of laws against sex-based harassment and reviews current proposals to strengthen these laws by expanding coverage and closing loopholes.
Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics
Carrie N. Baker
Campaigns against prostitution of young people in the United States have surged and ebbed multiple times over the last fifty years. Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race, and Politics examines how politically and ideologically diverse activists joined together to change perceptions and public policies on youth involvement in the sex trade over time, reframing 'juvenile prostitution' of the 1970s as 'commercial sexual exploitation of children' in the 1990s, and then as 'domestic minor sex trafficking' in the 2000s. Based on organizational archives and interviews with activists, Baker shows that these campaigns were fundamentally shaped by the politics of gender, race and class, and global anti-trafficking campaigns. The author argues that the very frames that have made these movements so successful in achieving new laws and programs for youth have limited their ability to achieve systematic reforms that could decrease youth vulnerability to involvement in the sex trade.
- This book is accessible and interdisciplinary
- Analyzes historical context, social movement organizations, legal and policy developments, representation and discourse
- Uses an intersectional, feminist analysis that centers considerations of gender, race, and class
Teaching Reproductive Justice: An Activist’s Approach
Loretta J. Ross
Teaching Reproductive Justice explores a liberatory pedagogical approach developed by Loretta Ross, a Black feminist who co-developed the concept of reproductive justice in 1994, which challenges the pro-choice/pro-life binary in today’s politics. Based on popular education methodologies, the essay explores how to teach about biological and non-biological reproductive politics using a Black feminist lens incorporating intersectionality, white supremacy, and neoliberalism through the human rights framework. The essay offers guidelines, key issues, and approaches to be considered when developing a reproductive justice syllabus. It also discusses how teaching reproductive justice while honoring its radical roots requires incorporating non-European philosophical foundations beyond the Enlightenment to consider human interdependence instead of individualism as a basis for collective resistance to reproductive oppression.
Birth Justice and Population Control
Loretta J. Ross
Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
Gender and Neoliberalism : The All India Democratic Women’s Association and Globalization Politics
This book describes the changing landscape of women's politics for equality and liberation during the rise of neoliberalism in India. Between 1991 and 2006, the doctrine of liberalization guided Indian politics and economic policy. These neoliberal measures vastly reduced poverty alleviation schemes, price supports for poor farmers, and opened India's economy to the unpredictability of global financial fluctuations. During this same period, the All India Democratic Women's Association, which directly opposed the ascendance of neoliberal economics and policies, as well as the simultaneous rise of violent casteism and anti-Muslim communalism, grew from roughly three million members to over ten million. Beginning in the late 1980s, AIDWA turned its attention to women's lives in rural India. Using a method that began with activist research, the organization developed a sectoral analysis of groups of women who were hardest hit in the new neoliberal order, including Muslim women, and Dalit (oppressed caste) women. AIDWA developed what leaders called inter-sectoral organizing, that centered the demands of the most vulnerable women into the heart of its campaigns and its ideology for social change. Through long-term ethnographic research, predominantly in the northern state of Haryana and the southern state of Tamil Nadu, this book shows how a socialist women's organization built its oppositional strength by organizing the women most marginalized by neoliberal policies and economics.
The Women's Movement against Sexual Harassment
Carrie N. Baker
The Women's Movement Against Sexual Harassment examines how a diverse grassroots social movement created public policy on sexual harassment in the 1970s and 1980s. The collaboration of women from varying racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds strengthened the movement by representing the perspectives and activism of a broad range of women. Based on interviews and voluminous original research, this book is the first to show how the movement against sexual harassment fundamentally changed American life in ways that continue to advance women's opportunities today.
- An interdisciplinary exploration of the emergence of the movement against sexual harassment in the late 20th century
- Based on extensive original research from legal records, activist organizations and interviews with early activists, speaking out for the first time
- A narrative of how 'ordinary' women, through distinct efforts that reflected their diverse backgrounds and experiences, collectively transformed the way we approach sexual harassment
Storytelling in Sistersong and the Voices of Feminism Project
Loretta J. Ross
In the fall of 1996, at the offices of Rural Women Knowing All, Xie Lihua, editor of Rural Women magazine, received a manuscript submission from a reader named Wang Lixia. Wang Lixia told one tragic story, a single case of the circumstances that give rise to a suicide rate in China double the rate in the United States. This one tragic story also presses the reader to consider why China is the only country in the world where more women kill themselves than men. In general, the magazine imagines and promotes a warm, companionable relationship between readers, journalists, and editors. It often features articles seeking to diminish the distance, both geographical and experiential, between its urban editorial office and its rural subscribers. Rural Women also makes connections between stories and activism; it uses stories as a way of raising consciousness and pleading for transformation in the condition of China's rural women.
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