Women’s Political and Social Activism in the Early Cold War Era: The Case of Yugoslavia

Chiara Bonfiglioli

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The Cold War era has been mainly represented as a period of gender conservatism in feminist literature, and communist women in Eastern and Western Europe have been often en described as manipulated or deprived of agency due to their lack of autonomy from Communist Party politics. On the basis of archival sources and autobiographies, this article explores the Cold War activities of a women's organization founded in Yugoslavia during the Second World War: the Antifašistički Front Žena (Antifascist Women's Front, or AFŽ). The article describes the activities of the AFŽ from its creation until its dissolution in 1953, focusing on its campaigns for women's political, economic, and social rights in the postwar and early Cold War period. By engaging with the pioneering work of Zagreb feminist historian Lydia Sklevicky and with new archival sources, the article aims to shed light on women's political and social agency in Cold War times.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-25
JournalAspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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