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Између национализма и интернационализма
Between Nationalism and Internationalism

Serbian women at congresses of organisations of the international women’s movement until the First World War

Author(s): Ana Stolić
Subject(s): Social history, Gender history, 19th Century, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919)
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd
Keywords: feminism; international women’s movement; Serbian women; nationalism; internationalism

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyses the participation of female representatives of the Serbian National Women’s Union at congresses of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and the International Alliance of Women in the decade before the outbreak of the First World War. The Serbian National Women’s Union, established in 1906, went through the years-long process of defining its objectives, including the request that women be granted the right to vote. On the other hand, the increasingly powerful international women’s movement, through strong agitation, imposed its objectives, rules and spirit of internationalism. Starting from the assumption that appearances of Serbian women within the international women’s movement were different from their hitherto experiences of presentation which were fully marked by national cultural and political features (world exhibitions, exhibitions and congresses of Slavic women), the paper analyses the content of their speeches and presentations, reports from congresses, available international correspondence. A focus is placed on aspects of their participation in international organisations of the women’s movement, which reflects not only feministic, but also political and social problems in Serbia, as well as global power relations in policies of the international women’s movement until the First World War.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 67
  • Page Range: 309-338
  • Page Count: 30
  • Language: Serbian