A ‘Shining Example of Fascist Womanhood’: Angiola Moretti 1925-1943

Perry Willson (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    This article examines the political career of Angiola Moretti who was, from 1926 to1930, the National Secretary of the Fasci Femminili – the women’s section of the Italian Fascist Party. Despite her prominent role, this female hierarch has never, to date, been studied by historians. The article investigates how she came to be appointed to this high-ranking position and her subsequent role and career in the Fascist Party, including her eventual nomination in the late 1930s to the rank of Ispettrice Nazionale del PNF. The story of Angiola Moretti’s somewhat improbable career is used as a lens to explore the murky world of the Fascist ‘court’ in Rome and its gender politics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)744-767
    Number of pages24
    JournalEuropean History Quarterly
    Issue number4
    Early online date28 Sept 2022
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


    • Angiola Moretti
    • biography
    • Fasci Femminili
    • fascism
    • Italy
    • political leadership


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