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International Women's YearThe Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History$
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Jocelyn Olcott

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195327687.001.0001

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

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(p.68) Scene 4 Follow the Money
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International Women's Year
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Jocelyn Olcott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195327687.003.0005

This chapter considers the ways that the paltry funding available for IWY resulted in considerable influence by states and organizations that contributed to the UN voluntary fund for IWY activities. Due to time constraints, IWY planners established a consultative committee to plan the intergovernmental conference; Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, who had pledged $2 million to the voluntary fund, was named chair. While drafting the World Plan of Action, the consultative committee deliberated about how to prioritize issues related to women’s status, particularly between those who wanted to emphasize equality between men and women and those who sought economic development to improve standards of living across societies. Australian delegate Elizabeth Reid established a reputation for her facility in adjudicating these debates.

Keywords:   United Nations, budgeting, IWY consultative committee, Elizabeth Reid, Ashraf Pahlavi

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