Event, Temporality, and Performance at the 1975 International Women’s Year Conference
This chapter examines how the processes of translation spilled out during the International Women's Year (IWY) conference held in Mexico City in 1975. More specifically, it explains how the IWY fostered the creation of a new language of transnational feminism. It also considers three interrelated elements that played particularly critical roles in the unfolding history of the conference: how the conference came to be imagined as an event; the role of temporality in structuring that imagination; and how questions of representation and identification informed participants' conduct. The chapter highlights a key moment in the conference: the confrontation between North American feminism and Third World feminine Leftism, represented by Betty Friedan and Domitila Barrios de Chungara, respectively. It argues that the conference was not only a struggle for power and unity but also a struggle between globally gathered feminists for commensurability itself.
Keywords: translation, International Women's Year, Mexico City, transnational feminism, temporality, North American feminism, Third World feminine Leftism, Betty Friedan, Domitila Barrios de Chungara, power
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