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The Fight is for Women's Rights

Essays
Michael Soussan

When Daniel Cruise, Alex Scribner, and I started the Brown Journal of World Affairs 20 years ago, the cause of women's rights was hardly on the forefront of the international agenda. When we marched for women's rights causes, it was to support abortion rights in the United States. At the international level, policymakers and academics most often considered women's rights as a development challenge. Dramatic circumstances have since made women's rights one of the overarching security challenges of the international system and the single most productive area for investment worldwide in pursuit of further democratization, peace, and prosperity. The conclusion is not simply derived from either the bad news