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Bookcover Second World, Second Sex, Ghodsee; Duke University Press

Kristen Ghodsee

Second World, Second Sex

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

Duke University Press
ISBN: 978-1-4780-0139-3
328 pages, hardcover

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.