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Bunch, Charlotte (b. 1944)  
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Although Bunch's own theoretical perspective is one of lesbian feminism, she has addressed a wide range of women's issues, especially abuses against women and girls in Third World countries. She has organized United Nations conferences on women held in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), Vienna (1993), and Beijing (1995).

Bunch is currently Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and the Executive Director of the university's Center for Women's Global Leadership, which she founded in 1987. She is committed to ending oppression and violence against women in all its forms, including domestic abuse, economic exploitation, violence and discrimination against lesbians, and war crimes against women.

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Bunch has received numerous honors for her work. Among them are community service awards from the Lambda Legal Defense Fund (1982) and the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation (1986) and the White House Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights (1999). She is also a member of the National Women's Hall of Fame (1996).

Linda Rapp

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Bunch, Charlotte. Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.

_____. "Not for Lesbians Only." Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women's Lives. Rosemary Hennessey and Chrys Ingram, eds. New York and London: Routledge, 1997. 54-58.

_____, and Niamh Reilly. Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights. New Brunswick, N. J.: The Center for Women's Global Leadership, and New York: United Nations Development Fund for Women, 1994.

Gross, Jane. "Public Lives; Uniting World against Violence to Women." New York Times (May 31, 2000): B2.

Hogan, Steve, and Lee Hudson. "Bunch, Charlotte." Completely Queer. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998. 108-109.

_____. "Furies, The." Completely Queer. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998. 225-226.


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    Entry Title: Bunch, Charlotte  
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