Around the world, women have long been on the frontlines, protesting war and military forces. The essays in this collection, from both scholars and activists, explore the experiences of local women's groups that have developed to fight war, militarization, political domination, and patriarchy throughout the world. The writings in this collection cover a range of genres from memoir and historical accounts to critical essays. What holds the writings together is an urgency to reflect on and analyze women's activism on the frontlines-from Palestine, Sudan, Iran, Kosovo, and rural India to Serbia, Croatia, Okinawa, Israel, U.S. prisons, and the racialized American South.

part I|81 pages

Domestic and Public Violence

chapter Chapter 1|16 pages

Public Imprisonment and Private Violence

Reflections on the Hidden Punishment of Women

chapter Chapter 2|7 pages

Screaming in Silence

chapter Chapter 3|15 pages

From Reverence to Rape

An Anthropology of Ethnic and Genderized Violence

chapter Chapter 4|3 pages

Laughter, Tears, and Politics—Dialogue

How Women Do It

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

The Opposite of War Is Not Peace—It Is Creativity

Reflections on the Hidden Punishment of Women

part II|120 pages

Gender, Militarism, and Sexuality

chapter Chapter 9|15 pages

Women and Militarization in Israel

Forgotten Letters in the Midst of Conflict

chapter Chapter 12|14 pages

Demilitarizing Security

Women Oppose U.S. Militarism in East Asia

chapter Chapter 14|8 pages

Women in Command

A Successful Experience in the National Liberation Army of Iran

chapter Chapter 15|3 pages


chapter Chapter 16|8 pages

The Passage

part III|135 pages

Nonviolent, and Not-Nonviolent, Action against Patriarchy

chapter Chapter 17|3 pages

The Kitchen Cabinet

chapter Chapter 18|23 pages

Ritual as Resistance

Tibetan Women and Nonviolence

part IV|99 pages

Where Are the Frontlines?

chapter Chapter 25|5 pages

Women's Activism in Rural Kosova


chapter Chapter 26|24 pages

The Soldier and the State

Post-Liberation Women: The Case of Eritrea

chapter Chapter 27|14 pages

Beyond the Baton

How Women's Responses Are Changing Definitions of Police Violence

chapter Chapter 28|10 pages

Black Women and Labor Unions in the South

From the 1970s to the 1990s

chapter Chapter 30|22 pages

“A Struggle of the Mind”

Black Working-Class Women's Organizing in Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, 1960s to 1990s

chapter Chapter 31|19 pages

A State of Work

Women, Politics, and Protest on an Indian Tea Plantation