The Regulator welcomes Duke professor Jocelyn Olcott for a reading and signing of her new book, International Women’s Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History.
Amid the geopolitical and social turmoil of the 1970s, the United Nations declared 1975 as International Women's Year. The capstone event, a two-week conference in Mexico City, was a watershed moment in transnational feminism that launched a new generation of activist networks that spanned continents, ideologies, and generations. How did organizers juggle geopolitical rivalries and material constraints amid global political and economic instability? International Women’s Year looks at how these sometimes combative, unanticipated encounters at the conference generated the most enduring legacies, including women's networks across the global south, greater attention to the intersectionalities of marginalization, and the arrival of women's micro-credit on the development scene.
Jocelyn Olcott is associate professor of History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico and the co-editor of Sex in Revolution: Gender, Politics, and Power in Modern Mexico.