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Gender and the Great War: Tsuda Umeko’s Role in Institutionalizing Women’s Education in Japan

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Tsuda Umeko's writings show how she intended to harmonize quality education for women students, women's rights and leadership, and locality for the nation, rather than simply challenging competitive claims between women's rights and their loyal citizenship dedicating life for war. Exploring Japan's interactions with the wider world toward and throughout the Great War, this chapter introduces sociological institutional analyses of women's education, and examines the outset of diffusion processes of female schooling and rights into modernizing Japanese society. The gendered aspect of education in Japan has received much scholarly attention; nevertheless, "rights" consciousness has also been internalized, particularly among younger women in Japan during the time of the Great War. Furthermore, those seeds of women's education and rights planted in the Meiji and Taisho periods have grown to be the strong roots of gender equality demanded in Japanese society today.

Keywords: Great War; Tsuda Umeko; women's education



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