Navigating the Shifting Winds of Activism: The Woman's Reform Society's Movement

By: Jier Yang '15

Advising Faculty: Ann Marie Davis

This honors study will analyze the history of the Woman’s Reform Society (Ky?fukai) vis-a-vis local and global economic and political events from its founding in 1886 to 1986 after Japan had already become a global economic power. The development of the Woman’s Reform Society within the context of global imperialism, international war, post-war Occupation, and Japan’s economic revival inspires many questions regarding its relationship with the government and other women’s activist groups since the late nineteenth century.

This thesis will explore the Woman’s Reform Society’s relationships with the Japanese government and international women’s organizations to analyze how these relationships have affected its own identity. 

This honors thesis may be read in its entirety at Digital Commons @ Connecticut College.

Related Fields: East Asian Studies