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Second World, Second Sex

Socialist Women's Activism and Global Solidarity during the Cold War

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Women from the state socialist countries in Eastern Europe-what used to be called the Second World-once dominated women's activism at the United Nations, but their contributions have been largely forgotten or deemed insignificant in comparison with those of Western feminists. In Second World, Second Sex Kristen Ghodsee rescues some of this lost history by tracing the activism of Eastern European and African women during the 1975 United Nations International Year of Women and the subsequent Decade for Women (1976-1985). Focusing on case studies of state socialist Bulgaria and nonaligned but socialist-leaning Zambia, Ghodsee examines the feminist networks that developed between the Second and Third Worlds and shows how alliances between socialist women challenged American women's leadership of the global women's movement. Drawing on interviews and archival research across three continents, Ghodsee argues that international ideological competition between capitalism and socialism profoundly shaped the world women inhabit today.
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"A powerful reminder that ultimately structural conditions are of prime importance if women's emancipation is to succeed. . . . Ghodsee's book ultimately reminds as, through the often moving testimonies of former activists she has collected, that women's activism, also when attached to or even dominated the state, can be effective and progressive." -- Tanja R. Muller * Twentieth-Century Communism * "Second World, Second Sex is a must read for anyone hoping to understand the complexities of a global women's rights movement that goes beyond the boundaries of Western, liberal feminism." -- Tony Pecinovsky * People's World * "An engaging narrative of feminist movements during the Cold War. . . . [Ghodsee's] work is vital in documenting a neglected component of feminist history while illuminating a new resource for feminist theorists and activists interested in thinking about the political project of gender justice outside the confines of dominant, Western, liberal feminism. Recommended. Advanced undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers." -- C. E. Rasmussen * Choice *

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Kristen Ghodsee is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of eight books, including Red Hangover: Legacies of Twentieth-Century Communism, also published by Duke University Press, and most recently, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence.


Abbreviations and Acronyms viii Note on Translation and Transliteration xiii Acknowledgments xv Introduction. Erasing the Past 1 Part I. Organizing Women under Socialism and Capitalism 1. State Feminism and the Woman Question 31 2. A Brief History of Women's Activism in Domestic Political Context: Case 1: Bulgaria 53 3. Emancipated Women and Anticommunism in the American Political Imagination 76 4. A Brief History of Women's Activism in Domestic Political Context: Case 2: Zambia 97 5. Sandwiched between Superpowers 121 Part II. The Women's Cold War 6. The Lead-Up to International Women's Year 135 7. Historic Gatherings in Mexico and the German Democratic Republic 146 8. Preparing for the Mid-Decade Conference 160 9. The Third Week in July 174 10. School of Solidarity 186 11. Strategizing for Nairobi 198 12. Showdown in Kenya 207 Conclusion. Phantom Herstories 221 Appendix. A Few Reflections on the Challenges of Socialist Feminist Historiography 244 Notes 249 Selected Bibliography 283 Index 301