Faculty Research Presentations


The St. Joan’s Alliance and the Shaping of the International Women’s Rights System

Dr. Nova Robinson, History and International Studies

Thursday, October 13, 12:30-1:30pm

Hunthausen Hall 100, lunch provided

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This talk will explore the impact Catholic feminist thought had on the development of the international women’s rights system between 1920 and 1960. St. Joan’s, a feminist Catholic organization, was founded in London in 1911 to encourage Catholic women to support the fight for suffrage in the United Kingdom. The organization later spread throughout the British Empire and took up the larger cause of women’s equality. Given its global reach, it was well positioned to participate in conversations about international women’s rights at the League of Nations and later the United Nations. Unlike some of the major secular women’s organizations, such as the International Council on Women or the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, St. Joan’s advocated for representation from the colonized world.