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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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The Politics of Peace

The Politics of Peace

(p.153) Scene 10 The Politics of Peace
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the IWY theme of “peace,” a catch-all term used for issues that the United States delegation preferred to keep off the agenda, such as nuclear disarmament, apartheid, racial discrimination, and national sovereignty. The charismatic Soviet Valentina Tereshkova attracted particular attention because of her celebrity as the first female cosmonaut. Discussions of peace fostered debates over whether women were naturally more pacifist than men as well as the importance of women’s roles in armed national liberation movements. Reporters and participants particularly followed the First Ladies Leah Rabin of Israel and Jehan Sadat of Egypt to see if they would greet each other in an effort to restore peace in the region.

Keywords:   peace, colonialism, Middle East conflict, apartheid, nuclear disarmament

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