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Ellen DuBois

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Ellen DuBois until we are able to commission a full entry.

Ellen DuBois.

Feminist historian Ellen DuBois’s explorations of the history of feminism offered Second Wave feminists ways to talk about women’s sexuality beyond exploitation and banning pornography. At a time when feminists were trying to find ways to talk about sexuality that went beyond birth control and rape prevention, DuBois coauthored a paper for the 1982 Barnard feminism and scholarship conference called “Seeking Ecstasy on the Battlefield: Danger and Pleasure in 19th-Century Feminist Sexual Thought.” The paper detailed the efforts of earlier feminists to champion sexual pleasure for women and challenged the belief that early feminism had only focused on protecting women from sexual threats. DuBois is a professor of history at UCLA, focusing on the history of the women’s suffrage movement and global struggles for women’s rights. Her works include Unequal Sisters: A Reader in Multicultural US Women’s History and Through Women’s Eyes: An American History with Documents.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ellen DuBois." (Viewed on May 28, 2023) <>.


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