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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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(p.195) Scene 14 Counter-congresses
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the activities that took place during the final weekend before the IWY events closed. A committee at the intergovernmental conference considered—and rejected—a proposal to list sexism among the impediments to women’s equality, alongside terms such as foreign occupation, racial discrimination, and neocolonialism. The discussion reignited long-standing debates about equality and sexual difference. Meanwhile, conflicts broke out between supporters and opponents of the Pinochet government in Chile as nearly 1,000 demonstrators protested human rights abuses. Across town, a group of young women’s liberationists demonstrated in favor of abortion rights and public services to alleviate domestic labor burdens.

Keywords:   sexism, equality, sexual difference, human rights, Chile, feminism

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