February 25, 2005

Week 6 Discussion Questions

The Women’s Movements:

1) On pg 185- The Women’s Local Government Society was “supporting the claims of all women to be elected to local office, whatever their policies and their views on suffrage, while refusing to support men, however sympathetic to anything at all.” Does this advance their cause? Should women in politics simply be supported because they are women, no matter what their politics?

2) Connecting this reading to the past reading “The Different Voice of Service,” would the elite women’s activism in working-class districts (like the club and settlement movements) be considered “mature” activism? Was it mostly self interested? Would you consider their activism "charity" or "social justice"? Were these women helpful or condescending to the working-class? (mostly found on pages 216-217)

3) Was militant suffragism effective or alienating? Were the suffragists in England and the United States too militant or not militant enough?

4) How do suffragists use both equal rights and moral mission arguments to their advantage?

5) Was partial suffrage better than no suffrage, or did it emphasize than women are not equal to men and are only concerned with “women’s issues”?

6) Do you think single-sex women’s groups are better than groups that include males? In what ways? Is it more effective for groups to be multi-issue or focus on a single-issue?

7) What would be needed to form a truly cross-class, multiracial movement? Do women need a unifying experience in order to work together?

8) Why do you think the suffragist cause attracted some men? What do you think their motivations were?

9) Would it have taken much longer for women to earn the vote if it had not been for WWI? Why?

10) Why was the American West the first to give women the vote? Why were there less anti-suffragists in the West than in the East? What conditions made the West especially favorable?

11) How is racism and nativism used in the American suffragist movement?

Feminisms and Internationalism:

1) On page 225 the author of Feminisms and Internationalism says that she
used Rupp as a starting point. From the work we have read so far of Rupp and
this book, what similarities and differences do you see to their work?

2) On the bottom of 228 the authors talk about how women's influence on
foreign policy is never mentioned in text books or legal documents. How do
you think people would view certain events in history differently if they knew
that women were involved?

3) In the chapter about Australian women's movements she talks about the war
changing the face of feminism. Do you think wars around the world have
changed feminism in various countries? Why?

4) Amanda Labraca was a big influence in Chili's feminist movements. Do you
think her work was positive or negative to the start of their feminist
movements? Why?

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