Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Eric Han

Committee Members

Joanna Schug

Chitralekha Zutshi

Kathrin Levitan


A review of current scholarship on Taisho Era (1912-1926) Feminism, examining the lack of English scholarship dealing with moderate or conservative women's movements and activists. The thesis asserts that the lack of scholarship on more moderate women's groups is due to a desire to find the "roots of feminist consciousness" in Japan, and that by limiting the "women's movement" to that narrow definition, the Japanese women's movement has been mistakenly characterized as radical, unsuccessful and derivative of Western ideas. Instead, the thesis argues that by examining the size and scope of these more moderate groups, historians can get a clearer picture of the true effectiveness of women's movements in changing society's views on women and their roles in the Modern Era.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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