Female Activism and Christian Democratic Parties in Europe

Edited by Tiziana Di Maio and Cecilia Dau Novelli

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First-ever study of the history of Christian Democratic women in Europe
The presence and participation of women in European Christian Democratic parties is one of the most important and radical changes of the past fifty years. After World War II, the acquisition of full voting rights for European women initiated a slow process of acknowledgement of their role in politics: not only as a reservoirs and collectors of votes but also as driving forces. Though many comparative studies have been written on the history of Christian Democratic organisations in Europe since the early 1990s, the female perspective and role in these histories has been addressed only marginally.

Female Activism and Christian Democratic Parties in Europe traces the history of Christian Democratic women in Italy, France, and the Federal Republic of Germany from the end of World War II to the early 1990s, and investigates the participation of women in institutions and in political life. By using a gender perspective this volume embarks on a new chapter in the history of Christian Democratic organisations. It sheds light on figures, movements, associations, and experiences, and brings together gender and political history. The volume addresses not only the presence and position of women in Christian Democratic European parties, but also their activism in relation to the development of ideology, party programs, and female Christian Democratic movements.

Contributors: Tiziana Di Maio (Università LUMSA di Roma), Renato Moro (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Laurent Ducerf (CPGE Lycée Pasteur), Christine Bach (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Stephen Milder (University of Groningen), Rosanna Marsala (Università degli studi di Palermo), Maria Chiara Mattesini (Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata), Vanessa Pollastro (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano), Tiziano Torresi (Università degli Studi Roma Tre)


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Format: Edited volume - ebook

232 pages

ISBN: 9789461663597

Publication: May 31, 2021

Series: Civitas. Studies in Christian Democracy

Languages: English

Cecilia Dau Novelli is associate professor of history of international relations in the Department of Law, Economics, Politics and Modern Languages at LUMSA University of Rome.
Tiziana Di Maio is professor of contemporary history in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Cagliari.