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Confronting Ugly with Ugly
What do you get when you confront ugly with ugly? In Norway, women's rights activists got change.
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Neither Faceless nor Defenseless
We are the women of Norway. We are Swedish, Danish, Pakistani, Yugoslav, Bosnian, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Turkish-we are European, Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and more. We come here for as many reasons as there are people: to seek refuge, to pursue an education, to create new opportunities. And yet, our voices as minority women have become just that-a minority...
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Emancipated Woman – Build Up Socialism!
In 1923, the American Journalist Albert Rhys Williams noted a ubiquitous feature of the Russian urban landscape: the poster. "The visitor to Russia," he wrote, "is struck by the multitudes of posters--in factories and barracks, on walls and rail-way cars, on telegraph poles--everywhere." Indeed, there were over 3.2 million posters distributed in 1920 alone by Gosizdat, the state publishing house and 7.5 million during the following three years...
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Cartoon As a Political Manifesto
Women don't have a sense of humor. Women don't care about politics. Women don't want to be politicians. For eight years, these false truisms formed a haunting soundtrack to French cartoonist Catherine Beaunez's life.
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Taking Up Space at Greenham Common
Is there anything more personal -- and political -- to women than their bodies? Aware of the political charge of their bodies, women have physically hurled themselves in public spaces to protest wars, human injustice, and abuse of power. One of the most vivid and longstanding examples of women using their bodies to take up space in non-violent protest is the Women of Greenham Common.From 1981 to 2000, tens of thousands of British women mobilized to negotiate an end to nuclear proliferation in their hometowns...
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Body As Art
Many contemporary women artists use their body to make a political statement. Artist Ingrid Mwangi is one of them, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. She spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, she's created a "body of work" that questions both social and political conventions...
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Cicciolina’s Sexual Politics
Should women use their sexuality for political gain? Or is it better to avoid this route to power? One woman who famously used her sexuality as a political tool was Hungarian-born Ilona Staller, best known as the Italian adult film star, Cicciolina. In 1987, 20,000 people in the district of Rome hand-wrote her name on their ballots, preferring her over forty-seven other Radical Party nominees...
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Why Women Go Green
In most political parties, except in the Green Party, men far outnumber women. Since their inception, Green Parties worldwide have boasted a disproportionately high number of women members. In Europe, however, Green women also hold the majority of high-level leadership positions. For example, 32 out of 55 German Green Party parliament members are women...
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Environmental Warriors
Around the world, women have been at the leading edge of environmental activism, helping ensure a healthier planet for their families and future generations. The women profiled here are a just small sample of thousands of others who have put their lives on the line to restore and protect the environment...
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Fascist Women Speak
Some believe that religious institutions discourage women from political participation. But on the contrary, history has shown that religion is also able to open doors for women. This is especially true in right-wing movements, and, in particular, the Spanish fascist movement of the mid 20th century...
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