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Jerusalem Women's Organizations During the British Mandate, 1920s-1930s

Article/book #: 83084
Title: Jerusalem Women's Organizations During the British Mandate, 1920s-1930s
By: Ellen L. Fleischmann  
Date of issue: March 1995
ISBN: **

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   26 Oct 1929:Palestine Arab Women's Congress
   26 Oct 1929:Delegation from the Palestine Arab Women's Congress meets British High Commissioner
   15 Oct 1938:Eastern Women's Conference on the Palestine problem



This paper demonstrates the choice of women living in a society threatened by an alien culture to define themselves as nationalists rather than as feminists. Based on the Arab press of the day, British government documents, interviews, memoirs and pamphlets, the author shows that the civil sector under the British Mandate opened employment opportunities for educated women, who mainly came from the upper class, and then began to emerge into public life, working, volunteering, and becoming politically active. The paper describes the background, emergence and political activities of the Palestinian women\s organizations during this time, concluding that these women activists were neither feminists nor suffragists but were fiercely nationalistic, struggling for the survival of a Palestinian society threatened by Zionism.

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