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Mapping Arab Women's MovementsA Century of Transformations from Within$
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Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164989

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164989.001.0001

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Fashioning the Future: The Women's Movement in Kuwait

Fashioning the Future: The Women's Movement in Kuwait

(p.253) 9 Fashioning the Future: The Women's Movement in Kuwait
Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Mary Ann Tétreault

Helen Rizzo

Doron Shultziner

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses the movements that supported improving women's status in Kuwaiti society, beginning in the 1950s, spearheaded by young Kuwaiti men who were deeply influenced by Arab nationalist ideology and a strong desire to modernize Kuwaiti society. It also discusses the socioeconomic changes that were brought by oil wealth and the social impact of an increasingly generous welfare state on Kuwaiti citizens and how it influenced the improvement of women's status, their health and education, access to the labor force, and positions in civil society.

Keywords:   Kuwait, Kuwaiti, women, movement, right, Gulf War, Sunni, Shi'i

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