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Sophonisba BreckinridgeChampioning Women's Activism in Modern America$
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Anya Jabour

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042676

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042676.001.0001

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The Potential and Pitfalls of Pan-American Feminism

The Potential and Pitfalls of Pan-American Feminism

(p.201) Chapter Eight The Potential and Pitfalls of Pan-American Feminism
Sophonisba Breckinridge

Anya Jabour

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 8 follows Breckinridge to the Seventh Pan-American Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she and other women activists in both the United States and Latin America vigorously debated the meaning of women’s equality. Breckinridge’s clashes with Doris Stevens, the U.S. leader of the Inter-American Commission of Women, over the proposed Equal Nationality Treaty and Equal Rights Treaty laid bare the conflicts inherent in Pan-American feminism. At the same time, U.S. and Latin American women’s activists’ diverse understandings of feminism helped to lay the groundwork for the idea that “women’s rights are human rights.”

Keywords:   Doris Stevens, Equal Nationality Treaty, Equal Rights Treaty, human rights, Inter-American Commission of Women, Pan-American feminism, women’s rights

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