The volume is part of a broad debate on the gender gap in political representation, with the aim of promoting further insights starting from the study of the meanings that the semiotic universe of politics attributes to gender differences in public space.
Based on research on printed and archival sources, the essays collected in the book examine representations of the “political woman” and “politician” in the first twenty years of republican Italy, with incursions into post-Francoist Spain, in the German Democratic Republic, in the United States of America.
The research project Elect and elect starts in 2017. He sees an important stage in February 2019 at the homonymous international conference promoted by the Pieve Archive together with the Historical Archive of the Presidency of the Republic. The project as a whole is co-financed by the Committee of Anniversaries of National Interest on the occasion of the “70th anniversary of the birth of the Republic and the exercise for Italians of the active and passive right to vote”. Voices, representations and stories of protagonists and protagonists of the debate are available on the website eletteedeletti.it, constantly updated.
Patrizia Gabrielli is a professor of contemporary history and gender history (University of Siena). He directs the magazine History and contemporary problems and collaborates with several national and European magazines. He is part of the National Jury of the Saverio Tutino Prize (National Diaristic Archive of Pieve di Santo Stefano). She is the author of numerous essays and volumes, among the most recent War is the only thought that dominates us all. Girls, boys, teenagers in the Great War, Rubbettino (2018); Before the tragedy. Italian soldiers in Kefalonia and Corfu, the Mill (2020).
The National Diaristic Archive of Pieve Santo Stefano since 1984 collects and preserves memory, stories of people who have left a trace of themselves and who are welcomed in this place on the border between Tuscany, Umbria and Romagna, elected to the City of the diary. Founded by the journalist Saverio Tutino, the Archive currently holds over 8000 testimonies among diaries, letters and autobiographical memories of ordinary people.
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