Women and the Great War: Femininity Under Fire in Italy

TitleWomen and the Great War: Femininity Under Fire in Italy
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBelzer, Allison Scardino
Number of Pages271
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityNew York

Drawing on both wartime discourse about women and the voices of individual women living at the Italian Front, the author analyzes how women participated in the Great War and how it affected them. The Great War transformed women into purveyors and recipients of a new feminine ideal that emphasized their status as national citizens. Although Italian women did not gain the vote, they did encounter a less empowering form of female citizenship just after the war ended with Mussolini's Fascism. Because of the Great War, many women seized the opportunity to participate in a society that continued to recognize them as guardians of the nation. 

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