The history of the Palestinian woman cannot be separated from the national history of the Palestinian people. Throughout this century, Palestinian women marched and demonstrated, were exiled and killed for the defense and liberation of their homeland and the protection of their children, husbands, brothers and sisters. In this process of national liberation, the Palestinian woman liberated herself from some of the restrictions placed upon her by the traditional, patriarchal society. Unlike the American woman's struggle which was a struggle against sexism, patriarchal institutions and male domination, the Palestinian woman's struggle is a response to the national conditions of statelessness, occupation, exile and oppression.



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