Adopted in 1995, the U.N.’s Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action shaped aspirations for women’s equality in the 21st century—and no amount of resistance or repression since has been able to reverse its momentum.
The complex circumstances of the suffrage fight are difficult to disentangle and judge fairly; Ellen Carol DuBois, an academic trailblazer in women’s history, brings vast knowledge and insight to the task in “Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote.”
For those surprised about the recent fervor over Obama’s contraception coverage decision, a look at its deep roots.
It’s hard to fathom today, but for most of recent history, and even into our own time, it was simply assumed that women had no need to acquire identities or rights of our own–except, of course, those enjoyed by virtue of our relationships with men. This principle was central to defining American women’s claims on […]