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Women Activists In Albania Following Independence And World War I

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Feminists in France were to share in the mass jubilation of 11 November 1918. From the beginning of the 1920s, the pacifist propaganda of women was based on a naturalistic discourse, namely: "woman" is a pacifist by nature. The degree of naturalisation/essentialisation of the female was in direct proportion to the degree of ultra-pacifism: but on a general level, no historical event would call into question the mission assigned to the sex "which gives life" – not even the rise of new perils in the 1930s. The specificity of women would also become increasingly prominent in arguments in favour of political equality. In 1922, at the time of the Senate's rejection of female suffrage, a controversy broke out regarding the novel by Victor Margueritte, La Garçonne (The Flapper). This novel depicted the emancipation of a young girl from the bourgeoisie, and described at length her sexual liberation.

Keywords:feminists; France; La Garçonne; pacifism



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