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Women's Movements across Borders: Towards a More Inclusive Conceptualization?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 May 2014

Celeste Montoya*
Affiliation:
University of Colorado

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Regardless of the country where one lives, gendered discrimination and outright misogyny are commonplace. In particular, violence against women remains one of the most widespread and pervasive challenges to women's rights. It crosses all boundaries, geographical and social. Economic inequalities within and across countries continue to expand with gendered patterns. Significant gaps remain in education, employment, and healthcare, among many other things. So, the answer to the question, “Do we need a women's movement?” seems obvious. But what form should the mobilization take? Is it the work of a women's movement? A feminist movement? Where do other social justice movements fit in? Where should mobilization take place: locally, nationally, transnationally, or globally? How do we deal with difference? Can universal messages that unite across borders also deal with the unique circumstances of particular locations? In this piece, I pick up on some of the themes raised by other participants in this forum and elaborate on them in global perspective. My intent is not to apply logics of the United States movements elsewhere, but instead to propose insight gathered from broader comparative and transnational studies that might be applied to this discussion.

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Critical Perspectives on Gender and Politics
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Copyright © The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association 2014 

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References

Beckwith, Karen. 2000. “Beyond Compare? Women's Movements in Comparative Perspective.” European Journal of Political Research 37 (4): 431–68.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Ferree, Myra Marx, and Mueller, Carol McClurg. 2004. “Feminism and the Women's Movement: A Global Perspective.” In The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, ed. Snow, David A., Soule, Sarah A., and Kriesi, Hanspeter. Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
Montoya, Celeste. 2013. From Global to Grassroots: The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Combating Violence against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
True, Jacqui. 2012. The Political Economy of Violence against Women. New York: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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