Today, May 15, is Ichikawa Fusae’s/市川房枝 birthday (1893-1981). Ichikawa was a politician and women’s suffrage advocate. Today, we are featuring one of her books, “Atarashiki seiji to fujin no kadai/新しき政治と婦人の課題 [New Politics and Women’s Challenges] (Prange Call No. HQ-0400).
This thin booklet was edited by Shakai Kyoiku Rengokai/社会教育連合会 and published in 1946 as a part of series. According to a short biography at the beginning of the book, Ichikawa was heavily involved in the women’s suffrage movement prior to World War II, and at the time of the book’s publication, she was serving as the president of the New Japan Women’s League/新日本婦人同盟.
In this book, Ichikawa explains the roles of women in post-WWII politics. She urges all women to be aware of their rights, as well as the challenges they face. At the end of the book, she lists the goals of the New Japan Women’s League.
“Atarashiki seiji to jyosei no kadai” has been digitized and available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.