I wish I were a man!”: Analysis of the Woman – Nation Relationship during and after the Wars in the Women’s Magazine

„Што нисам мушко?!“: представе о вези између жене и нације у часопису "Жена" у ратним и поратним годинама (1911-1921)
I wish I were a man!”: Analysis of the Woman – Nation Relationship during and after the Wars in the Women’s Magazine "Žena"/"The Woman" (1911-1921)

Author(s): Ana Kolarić
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Cultural history, Gender history, Pre-WW I & WW I (1900 -1919), Politics and Identity
Published by: Филолошки факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: woman and nation; the role of women in war; female solidarity; literary articles; magazine "Žena"/"Woman"

Summary/Abstract: The essay analyzes the literary and non-literary articles published in the women’s magazine Žena/The Woman during the Balkan Wars and after the First World War. It examines different ways in which the magazine’s contributors described the role of women in those wars. Three key women’s roles are identified: an idealized woman, a nurse and a “delija girl“. The appropriation of the given and prescribed female roles was a crucial step towards women’s emancipation. After the First World War women demanded their political rights based on the fact that they had participated in the war and undertook all men’s work while men were in the battlefield.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 66-90
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Serbian