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Ann Johnson, University of Wyoming

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History Department

First Advisor

Dr. Kamp

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This research in progress examines how Egyptian femini sm interacts with Western feminism. I hypothesized that a majority of Egyptian feminists would view Western feminism as a hindrance to “indigenous” feminism and therefore resist it. For example, some might feel that Western feminism places Egyptian women in a “victims” category, and therefore, reject it as a model of feminism in Egypt. Methods include identifying Egyptian women’s organizations and literature for analysis. A historical literature review compares Egyptian feminist and Western feminist litera ture. Then data on current Egyptian women’s movements is drawn from Egyptian women’s organizations’ websites. Analysis of Egyptian feminist websites and organizations identifies common and contrasting themes related to the ideological objectives of Western and Egyptian feminists and means of promoting their feminist movements. Preliminary results indicate that post - colonial resistance continues to reject Western influence. Yet, simultaneously Egyptian organizations cooperate with Western organizations, gain ing access to funding and support. The significance of this research lies in its effort to expand understanding of non - Western feminisms, by examining a broad spectrum of Egyptian women's organizations, their goals, their accomplishments, and their interac tions with Western feminism.

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Oral Presentation, McNair Scholars Program

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Egyptian Feminism’s Changing Relationship with Western Feminism

This research in progress examines how Egyptian femini sm interacts with Western feminism. I hypothesized that a majority of Egyptian feminists would view Western feminism as a hindrance to “indigenous” feminism and therefore resist it. For example, some might feel that Western feminism places Egyptian women in a “victims” category, and therefore, reject it as a model of feminism in Egypt. Methods include identifying Egyptian women’s organizations and literature for analysis. A historical literature review compares Egyptian feminist and Western feminist litera ture. Then data on current Egyptian women’s movements is drawn from Egyptian women’s organizations’ websites. Analysis of Egyptian feminist websites and organizations identifies common and contrasting themes related to the ideological objectives of Western and Egyptian feminists and means of promoting their feminist movements. Preliminary results indicate that post - colonial resistance continues to reject Western influence. Yet, simultaneously Egyptian organizations cooperate with Western organizations, gain ing access to funding and support. The significance of this research lies in its effort to expand understanding of non - Western feminisms, by examining a broad spectrum of Egyptian women's organizations, their goals, their accomplishments, and their interac tions with Western feminism.