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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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Chaos in the Tribune

Chaos in the Tribune

(p.185) Scene 13 Chaos in the Tribune
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

As the IWY events neared their conclusion, chaos erupted in the NGO tribune when participants learned that the group representing the United Women of the Tribune, led by Betty Friedan, had attempted to represent the tribune to the intergovernmental conference. The Mexican press attributed the campaign entirely to Friedan, describing the group she “commands” as composed primarily of US women who sought to subordinate the more political concerns that preoccupied Third World women to the “secondary issues” that interested US women. A planned lunchtime forum for the United Women turned into a fracas that generated one of IWY’s most widely circulated images: an AP photograph of two women fighting over a microphone.

Keywords:   representation, legitimacy, media coverage, feminism, IWY World Plan of Action

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