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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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(p.213) Afterword
Women Singers in Global Contexts

Ellen Koskoff

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter explains how each of the articles in this collection illustrates an individual woman doing the work of feminism—that is, creating strategies that enable her to perform various identities, often in conjunction with so-called traditional ones, that resist and critique issues of gender within her specific context. Stripped of its theory, feminism is simply living a life guided by resistance to inherited or imposed gender norms, as found in specific cultural and historical moments. Feminist acts become political, in the sense of conscious activism, when they are explicit and public, voiced with the goal of social change. But, as feminists often remind people, every social act is political in some sense; how conscious the actor is of performing a political act, however, can vary considerably.

Keywords:   feminism, women, traditional identities, gender issues, gender norms, political acts, activism

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