Thesis

ESTABLISHING TRASNATIONAL FEMINIST SOLIDARITY IN ACADEMIA AND ACTIVISM- THE FEMINIST MAJORITY FOUNDATION’S CAMPAIGNS FOR AFGHAN WOMEN-FINAL

As a Master’s student in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I focused my research on cooperation between U.S. feminist academics and feminist activists, and emphasized the importance of informing one another.

My thesis takes an in-depth look at the web content of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s (FMF) campaigns for Afghan Women and Girls, documenting changes in the images portraying and language describing Afghan women and girls, and how it changed in response to political events and criticism from U.S. feminist academics.

I argue that while the FMF was using images and language portraying Afghan women as victims since the late 90s, it was only after the events of September 11, 2001 that U.S. feminist academics were critical of the FMF campaign, once the campaign was used by the U.S. government and media to garner public support for the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. However, I argue that U.S. feminist academics should pay closer attention to U.S. feminist activist campaigns, regardless or how they are being used externally.

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