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The Lost Wave: Women and Democracy in Postwar Italy

Molly Tambor


The first women entered national government in Italy in 1946 and represented a “lost wave” of feminist action. They used a specific electoral and legislative strategy, “constitutional rights feminism,” to construct an image of the female citizen as a bulwark of democracy. Mining existing tropes of femininity such as the Resistance heroine, the working mother, the sacrificial Catholic, and the “mamma Italiana, ” they searched for social consensus for women’s equality that could reach across religious, ideological, and gender divides. The political biographies of woman politicians intertwine thr ... More

Keywords: Italy, Cold War, feminism, gender, citizenship, constitutional rights feminism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199378234
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199378234.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Tambor, author
Long Island University