Honors Program

Midway Honors, Honors in History

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Henry J. Antkiewicz

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Stephen G. Fritz, Phyllis Thompson


The purpose of this research is to explore the impact of America’s influence on Japanese women’s efforts to obtain equal rights. America’s role in various Japanese women’s rights groups and movements has been the subject of essays and theses in the past, yet the topic is generally centered specifically on the period during the American occupation following World War II in 1945. This paper aims to take a broader look at Japanese Women’s Rights efforts before and after the war to garner a better understanding of the ways in which the American influence aided in the development of the movement. Japanese women have fought for their rights without the aid of American influence, yet the relationship between the two has had benefits for both parties.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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