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A new dawn? French women and the liberation

Diamond, Hanna 2000. A new dawn? French women and the liberation. Women's Studies International Forum 23 (6) , pp. 729-738. 10.1016/S0277-5395(00)00145-X

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Abstract

This article draws on extensive archival and oral sources from Britanny, Toulouse, and Paris. It will discuss a number of aspects of the Occupation and Liberation experience for French women. It will first explore the importance attributed to the fact that women eventually gained their political rights in 1944, a measure that also saw an end to the “first wave” feminist movement that had believed that suffrage would resolve the “women's condition” and herald the start of a new era for women. This article will then move into an analysis of women and Collaboration during the Occupation offering a new approach to women's political involvement during the war. It finishes by presenting an overview of women's relationship to paid employment, the area where there was perhaps the greatest unfulfilled potential for women to experience a new beginning in the post-war period.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DC France
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0277-5395
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:55
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/66250

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