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The lost wave : women and democracy in postwar Italy

Author: Molly Tambor
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As Italy emerged from World War II, the first women entered the national government. The 45 women who became parliamentarians when Italian women were first entitled to vote in 1946 represented a "lost wave" of feminist action, argues the author. In this work, she reconstructs the role that these female politicians played in Italy's new democratic Republic. They proved critical in ensuring that the new Constitution  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Molly Tambor
ISBN: 9780199378234 0199378231
OCLC Number: 869266857
Description: ix, 231 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: women, the bulwark of democracy --
"An essential way of life": the political awakening of women militants --
Gender roles in Italy's elections and constitution --
Legge noce for working mothers: "madonna tempesta" --
The Merlin Law against the Case Chiuse: taking the state out of sex, putting the sex in citizenship --
Both the rights and the duties of citizenship: the Cocco Law for access to all public careers --
Conclusion: the legacy of the lost wave and constitutional rights feminism.
Responsibility: Molly Tambor.

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The Lost Wave examines the political activities and constitutional rights fought for by the women who entered Italian politics in Cold War Italy, set against a broader reconsideration of women's  Read more...

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