What conditions prompted the emergence of women political leaders around the world and what difference has their leadership made? This course introduces students to global women’s history and focuses on a series of individual women leaders in the 20th century. We look at movements for women’s self-determination in the 19th and 20th centuries that set the stage for women’s emergence as national political leaders and activists in the 20th century. We then focus on a series of global women leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher, Benazir Bhutto, Michelle Bachelet and Aung San Suu Kyi. By studying their biographies and historical contributions, we will explore the ways women leaders make distinctive contributions as heads of state and political activists.
Advanced English proficiency, both written and verbal, is required.
- Students can choose to take this course for 3 or 4 units. Those who enroll in the course for less than the maximum unit count will have reduced classwork proportional to the number of units chosen.
- The 4 unit version of this course is offered as part of the Summer Intensive in Human Rights, and qualifies toward the Certificate of Completion in Human Rights. 3 unit enrollments will not qualify toward the Certificate. Enrolled units can be adjusted in Axess through the Final Study List deadline.