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Introduction: Women’s Movements And Female Activists In The Aftermath Of War: International Perspectives 1918-1923

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This chapter gives an account of the role played by organised women and female activists in the aftermath of war, and addresses the question identified by Joan Scott in her essay for the seminal volume Behind the Lines (1987), asking not simply what impact the war had on these individuals and groups and how they themselves influenced events, but what our knowledge and understanding of these women's aims and strategies tell us about the politics of war and the transition to peace. The author identifies four key themes which run through the essays: commemoration of the war; the renegotiation of gender roles in the war's immediate aftermath; women's suffrage and political rights; and women's contribution to rebuilding shattered communities and creating new visions of peace in the years 1918 to 1923.

Keywords: female activists; Joan Scott; political rights; women's contribution



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