Changing Differences: Women and the Shaping of American by Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

By Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

There are greater than fifty girls within the usa Congress and approximately one-fourth of international provider posts are held through ladies. however, the us has but to entrust a senior overseas coverage activity, outdoor of the United international locations, to a girl. underneath those statistics lurk principal myths that Jeffreys-Jones cogently identifies and describes: the "Iron Lady"--too masculine; the "lover of peace"--too "pink"; the susceptible or the promiscuous. those are to call just a couple of. With an eye fixed to the feminist overseas coverage leaders of the longer term, the writer strains the successes and screw ups of collectivities equivalent to ladies Strike for Peace and people who have been influential in foreign politics on the grounds that international warfare I, together with Alice Paul, Jane Addams, Jeannette Rankin, Dorothy Detzer, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Chase Smith, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Bella Abzug, Margaret Thatcher, etc. those ladies usually chanced on how you can hire the myths to their very own and to their country's profit, and extra lately have had the liberty to defy the stereotypes altogether.

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Yet another possibility for innovative investigation was suggested by a prominent contributor to the Belligerent School. For all her emphasis on bellicose feminism, Antonia Fraser points out that warrior queens are the products of hereditary monarchiesand that the United States lacks such an institution. 21 The suggestion here is that something might be gained by comparing the political culture of the United States with that of other countries. Comparisons could further understanding of how American women may be different from their foreign sisters, as well as from their menfolk at home.

Egalitarian feminists may take comfort from the fact that the number of self-made women in Congress has risen sharply, especially in the 1990s. Moreover, some of the ''stars" of twentieth-century women's history have lent their weight to foreign-policy causes. The stubborn statistician may insist that if it cannot be counted, it does not exist. But that would be to ignore the impact of such household names as Jane Addams, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Fonda, Joan Baez, and even Shirley Temple.

Her message that men, and not women, should change their ways countermanded and transcended the wartime compromise whereby Catt and her followers promised loyalty to the martial ways of men in return for the vote. A review of some of the other presuffrage leaders and of the organizations they created helps to explain the world in which 1920s women found themselves, and illustrates the links not just between women and peace but also between feminism and peace. These links went back to the earliest days of the Republic, but more recent memories for the women of the 1920s were of the war against Spain and then the brutal American suppression of insurgency in the newly acquired Philippines.

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