Group Portrait: the Ispettrici Nazionali of the Italian Fascist Party 1937-1943

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    Abstract

    The years of fascist rule in Italy saw an unprecedented mass political mobilization of women, a mobilization that has, to date, been little studied by historians. This article focuses on the role of the ispettrici nazionali – the highest rank that women ever reached in the fascist party hierarchy. It attempts to piece together a ‘group portrait’ of these hitherto unstudied female hierarchs, who were appointed from 1937 onwards to form a group leadership for the fasci femminili – the women's section of the party and the only way that women could join it. The article investigates who these women were, how they managed to rise to this prominent position, their ideas and motivations, and their role in organizing and mobilizing millions of female party members for political campaigns and for the war effort.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)431-451
    Number of pages21
    JournalHistorical Journal
    Volume61
    Issue number2
    Early online date2 Oct 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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