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International Women's YearThe Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History$
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Jocelyn Olcott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195327687.001.0001

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“Other Kinds of Problems”

“Other Kinds of Problems”

(p.140) Scene 9 “Other Kinds of Problems”
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens with the arrival of Domitila Barrios de Chungara, a Bolivian labor activist who emerged as the standard-bearer for Third World women frustrated by US feminists’ efforts to define the IWY agenda. Although organizers of both the intergovernmental conference and the NGO tribune had hoped to put “politics” aside in order to focus on “women’s issues,” Barrios de Chungara articulated powerful reminders that the two remained inextricably intertwined. Tribune discussions returned to the question of how women’s domestic labor burdens limited women’s opportunities, although discussions frequently turned to condemnations of Augusto Pinochet’s government in Chile. Those stressing Third World concerns, whether about human rights or about subsistence labor, argued that the issues highlighted by US feminists, particularly around reproductive rights and sexual liberation, distracted from more compelling concerns.

Keywords:   subsistence labor, reproductive labor, human rights, sexuality, Chile

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