Bibliographic Details

Women reshaping human rights : how extraordinary activists are changing the world / Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard.

Author / Creator Bouvard, Marguerite Guzman, 1937-
Imprint Wilmington, Del : Scholarly Resources, 1996.
Description xxvi, 319 p.
Language English
Subject Human rights.
Civil rights.
Women human rights workers -- Biography.
Women civil rights workers -- Biography.
Civil rights.
Human rights.
Women civil rights workers.
Women human rights workers.
Format Print, Book
URL for this record
ISBN 0842025626 (cloth : alk. paper)
0842025634 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references.
Review by Choice Review

To many Americans, human rights are embodied in the first eight amendments to the US Constitution. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN includes economic, social, and cultural rights. Bouvard has organized 16 women's stories into five sections identifying different ways in which women have engaged in human rights struggles, each connecting social and economic justice to the abuse of civil and political rights. The sections on confronting authoritarian governments and on race and ethnicity resonate most closely with traditional human rights anthologies. The sections on environmental justice and women's rights as human rights are stories more often told in community organizing anthologies. The section on making the world safe for children bridges the two. Bouvard begins each chapter with a lengthy summary of the story about to be told. At best, these place the story written by the activist in context. The stories themselves are often moving, thought-provoking, and energizing. The activists cover a half century of work in making each woman's part of the world a more just place and joining peoples throughout the world in their efforts to advance more broadly defined human rights. General, undergraduate and graduate students. C. Shrewsbury Mankato State University

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