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International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History

Jocelyn Olcott


In June 1975, thousands of people converged on Mexico City for the United Nations (UN) conference celebrating International Women’s Year (IWY), the first of four UN women’s conferences that would eventually include those in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), and Beijing (1995). Scholars and activists regard IWY as a watershed moment in transnational second wave feminism. Billed as the “greatest consciousness-raising event in history,” the IWY events included both an official conference, which offered an unprecedented opportunity to put women at the center of international policymaking, and a p ... More

Keywords: International Women’s Year, IWY, United Nations, UN, feminism, non-governmental organizations, NGOs, civil society, 1970s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195327687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jocelyn Olcott, author
Associate Professor of History, Duke University