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Only woman at the table

Beate Sirota Gordon was hired, at the age of twenty-two, by the Allied Occupation under General MacArthur to work on reconstruction, and one of her major undertakings was assignment to the committee charged to draft a new constitution. Gordon is credited with writing the equal rights and equality in marriage amendments of the Japanese Constitution of 1947. She is considered a powerful feminist ally in Japan today.


Gordon, Beate

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