Institutionalizing Gender Relations in International Organizations, 1920–70

  • Deborah Stienstra
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


The two periods discussed in this chapter — 1921 to 1948 and the establishment of the United Nations, and 1948 to 1970 — were times in which women’s movements were able to ensure some of their goals were institutionalized in the League of Nations and the United Nations. But women’s groups of this era were increasingly divided in their understanding of gender and women’s place in the international sphere, and much of the division centred on protective legislation and women’s equality. The practice of gender relations embedded in the League of Nations became the model for the United Nations and the work of the Commission on the Status of Women.


International Labour Organization Gender Relation Woman Worker Protective Legislation Preparatory Commission 
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© Deborah Stienstra 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Stienstra
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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of WinnipegCanada

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