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Diana E.H. Russell

Diana E.H. Russell

Diana E. H. Russell, a professor emerita of sociology, is one of the world’s foremost experts on and activist confronting sexual violence against women and girls. Her 17 books have become authoritative sources on rape (including wife rape), incestuous abuse, femicide, and pornography.
Russell first used the term femicide when she testified about this crime at the International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women in Brussels in 1976, which she had initiated and organized. Simone de Beauvoir described the tribunal as “the beginning of the radical decolonization of women.”
Diana Russell co-edited the first two books ever published on femicide: Femicide: The Politics of Woman Killing (1992)—which inspired Mexican feminist Congresswoman Marcela Lagarde to organize against femicide in her country, spreading the term and mobilizations throughout Latin America—and Femicide in Global Perspective (2001).
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"Femicide"—The Power of a Name

"Femicide"—The Power of a Name

October 5, 2011

Sociologist Diana Russell has organized for decades to end violence against women. Here she argues that labeling the most extreme form of such violence is essential to combating it. More »