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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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“Betty Friedan versus the Third World”

“Betty Friedan versus the Third World”

(p.115) Scene 7 “Betty Friedan versus the Third World”
International Women's Year

Jocelyn Olcott

Oxford University Press

This chapter centers on US feminists’ objections to the fact that a man, Mexican Attorney General Pedro Ojeda Paullada, presided over the IWY intergovernmental conference. Those more familiar with UN protocols pointed to the common practice of having the head of the host country’s delegation preside over thematic conferences, and many participants from around the world applauded the idea that men also should be concerned about women’s status. Those objecting to Ojeda Paullada’s presidency coalesced into the self-styled Feminist Caucus. The episode raised issues about which strands of feminism enjoyed legitimacy in different contexts and whether women needed separate spaces to deliberate without involvement by men.

Keywords:   representation, identity, feminism, National Organization for Women, NOW, gender

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