The course intends to provide students with the knowledge concerning the history of women’s state in the XX century. It aims at offering a historical path by rebuilding ideological roots and government policies which signed the exclusion and inclusion of women with regard to the public sphere and productive environment, with a spe-cial attention devoted to the marginalization and segregation phenomena towards a group of female categories.
By the study of Women’s History the student will be able to achieve the following training objectives.
- Knowledge of the political-institutional scenarios characterized by the exclusion of women by the access to some fundamental rights: right to vote, to extra-domestic work, and working safeguard measures;
- Understanding the ethical-legal roots perpetuating gender inequality in the sec-ond half of the XX century;
- Ability to analyze the theoretical principles which have legitimized political choices by European governments in the first half of the XIX century, with a fo-cus on the second post world war Italy.
How to link with other teachings
The course of Women’s History requires knowledge of the contemporary history space time dimension and of the deep transformations on the political-institutional and socio-economic ground, occurred in the XX century. The multifaceted dimen-sion of the course offers a great opportunity for interaction and integration with other subject matters contemplated in the comprehensive learning path (psychological, sociological, legal and pedagogical). As the gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment represents a priority in the agenda of the international community, starting from the Agenda 2030, conceived as a new global constitution, the knowledge of the history of denied rights and battles carried out by women is essen-tial in order to understand the current female condition at global level.


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The course aims at revisiting the history of women’s condition in the XX century. In particular, it will be highlighted as two events which deeply marked the XIX century opening with a revolution and closing with a war, both involving women, but giving men the chance to play between inclusion/participation and exclusion/repulsion of women from questions concerning the State and the Nation.
The XX century sanctions an ineludible process towards women’s emancipation. The western women have access to modernity. In particular, the issues the course aims to deal with are the following: the Great War and the question whether or not it has been the era of women or the triumph of the gender difference; the Twenties and the modern woman in the United States; women under totalitarian regimes; women in the political sphere; feminism in the Sixties/Seventies; procreation and bioethics.

Testi Adottati

G. Duby, M. Perrot, Storia delle donne. Il Novecento, Laterza, Roma-Bari
L. Azara, L'uso "politico del corpo femminile", Carocci, Roma 2017
M. Loconsole, Umberto Notari e il confronto tra tradizione ed emancipazione in “Intersezioni”, anno XXVIII, n.2, agosto 2018 (https://www.rivisteweb.it/doi/10.1404/90478)

Modalità Erogazione

The course consists of lectures, integrated with readings of original texts and screening of documentary films on the topics covered in the course.

Modalità Frequenza

Attendance is not compulsory.

Modalità Valutazione

The evaluation is based on an oral exam, consisting in three questions realted to the subjects directly involved in the program.