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Maybe you can tell me where to go for data. I'm doing a project for a class in which I'd like to compare the progression of feminism during this century of three different cultures: Japanese, American and the Middle Eastern women.

Can you help me? - Joy

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. Because I don't know of any one resource that specifically specializes in these three distant cultures--Japanese, American and Middle Eastern--I think that you will have to do research on each culture separately and then draw your own comparisons. Also, if I may suggest, while the former two deal directly with specific countries (assuming that you are talking about North America) and the latter a region, maybe you could choose one country in the Middle East to focus on.

Regardless, here are a few suggestions:

For Japan--The Japanese Woman: Traditional Image & Changing Reality by Sumiko Iwao (Harvard University Press, 1993); 36 Views of Mt. Fuji: On Finding Myself Japan--by Cathy Davidson, (Dutton)--though this is more memoir--it has relevant information.

For the Middle East--Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women by Geraldine Brooks (Anchor Books).

For America--A Century of Women by Sheila Rowbatham (which also is about women in England). There is also The American Woman's Almanac by Louise Bernikow. You can try searching for these titles at Amazon.com.

And Sisterhood is Global has write-ups on almost every country. Because your topic is so broad, perhaps you want to focus on one specific issue and how it manifests itself in each of these countries/regions over the course of the last century. If you choose to do that, you can also search for information by searching on organizations and other resources that focus on that given topic/issue.

I hope those suggestions help. Good luck.


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