Women Shaping the Romanian Society in the 19th and 20th Centuries: Emancipation, Social Activism and the Struggle for Political Rights
Issue: Issue No. 23-24 (2015)
Page Range: 65-77
No. of Pages: 12
Keywords: emancipation, Feminism, gender, minority, right to vote, women’s rights
Summary/Abstract: Women’s struggle for civil and political rights was, by far, one of the most difficult actions in the history of the feminist movements, because the claim for these rights was considered by the majority of the male population a great immoderacy. The main purpose of this paper is to analyse some aspects of the Romanian women’s struggle for the acquirement of civil and political rights, more exactly of the right to vote and to identify some distinct features of the feminist movement in Romania regarding the struggle for electoral rights.
In Romania, the idea of attainment of civil and political rights by women became a public matter in the second half of the XIXth century, closely related to the democratization process. The implication of the Romanian women in some new aspects of the social and political life, at the end of the XIXth century and in the early XXth century, contributed both to the evolution of their political representation and to the making of some specific themes better known at a larger scale. Their actions changed the face of Romanian politics in the early XXth century and contributed to increasing the people’s interest for the political matters in Romania, which is, probably – along with their emancipation and acquirement of political rights – their most important victory.
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