Kathleen Barry
Born (1941-01-22) January 22, 1941 (age 80)
Awards1985 Wonder Woman Foundation Award
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Academic work
Main interestsCo-founder of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
Notable worksFemale Sexual Slavery

Kathleen Barry (born January 22, 1941) is an American sociologist and feminist.[1] After researching and publishing books on international human sex trafficking, she cofounded the United Nations NGO, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW).[2][3] In 1985 she received the Wonder Woman Foundation Award for her strides towards the empowerment of women.[4][5] She has taught at Brandeis University and Penn State University.[6]


Barry's first book, Female Sexual Slavery (1979), prompted international awareness of human sex trafficking [7] and has been translated into six languages.[6] Her follow-up to Female Sexual Slavery, The Prostitution of Sexuality (1995) discusses the idea of "consent" in liberal modern American discourse, concluding that "every form of oppression is sustained" through apparent consent by the oppressed group or class to their exploitation.[8][9] She further concludes that the normalization and acceptance of prostitution based on arguments of prostitutes' consent ignores the human-rights principle that violation cannot be consented to. She states that women, as members of an oppressed class under patriarchy, are compelled to "consent" to their own sexual exploitation by society, much in the way a Marxist would say workers are compelled to cooperate with their oppressors, the capitalists.[10][11][12]


Barry has two Ph.Ds from the University of California, Berkeley, one in sociology and one in education.[6]



Other writings


  1. ^ "Kathleen Barry". Women’s Media Center. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Kramer, Matt (Summer 2012). "Kathleen Barry & Melissa Anderson-Hinn". A Distinctive Style: 96–97.
  3. ^ Barry, Kathleen (Summer 1995). "Pimping: The World's Oldest Profession by". On the Issues. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Matchan, Linda (February 5, 1985). "Best Kept Secret". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Klemesrud, Judy (November 16, 1984). "Wonder Woman Foundation Honors Those Who Are Achievers". Lawrence Journal-World. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "About the Author". Kathleen Barry, Official Author Site. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  7. ^ Biography at The People Speak Radio
  8. ^ The Prostitution of Sexuality, 89. New York: New York UP, 1995. Print.
  9. ^ Pollis, Carol A. (1995). "A Radical Feminist Approach to Confronting the Global Sexual Exploitation of Women". The Journal of Sex Research. 32 (2): 172–174. ISSN 0022-4499. JSTOR 3812970.
  10. ^ The Prostitution of Sexuality, 77. New York: New York UP, 1995. Print.
  11. ^ Klemesrud, Judy (June 24, 1985). "A Personal Crusade Against Prostitution". New York Times.
  12. ^ Fegen, Lois (March 15, 1992). "Feminist Fights for Women Worldwide". Sunday News. pp. G1, G4.
  13. ^ Saxton, Martha (February 12, 1989). "In Short; Nonfiction". New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved July 11, 2019.