Episode 106 – Facing Two Ways

Kato Shizue was one of Japan’s earliest feminist icons. This week we’ll trace her unusual rise from daughter of wealth and privilege to firebrand politician fighting for the rights of Japanese women and women everywhere.

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Hopper, Helen M. A New Woman of Japan: A Political Biography of Kato Shidzue.

Kato, Shidzue. Facing Two Ways: The Story of My Life.

Kato Shizue’s obituary in The Guardian

Images

Kato Shizue as a young woman.
Kato Shizue as a young woman.
Kato Shizue with American birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger during the latter's first tour of Japan.
Kato Shizue with American birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger during the latter’s first tour of Japan.
Kato and Sanger meeting with fellow birth control advocates in Japan, c. 1920s.
Kato and Sanger meeting with fellow birth control advocates in Japan, c. 1920s.
Kato Kanju, Kato Shizue's second husband, was a socialist and pacifist leader.
Kato Kanju, Kato Shizue’s second husband, was a socialist and pacifist leader.
Kato Shizue during her time in the House of Councilors.
Kato Shizue during her time in the House of Councilors.
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