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Western Women in Politics, Education, and Society: a Historical Perspective

28 April 2015 (18:00-19:00)

Giovanna Comerio -

Clifton Evers -


This talk will be presented by Dr Rosaria Franco, Assistant Professor in Modern History in the School of International Studies.

Western women appear to be the freest in the world. However, their progress in politics, education, and society has not been easy. This lecture reconstructs the main battles and prejudices that women have fought from ancient to modern times. It also reveals how Western civilisation has been quite oppressive from women's perspective and only their initiative has helped them to overcome many and obstinate obstacles to their emancipation. The lecture briefly explains the origins and evolution of liberal (capitalist) and socialist ideas of women's liberation in the European context.

About the Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogue Series

With a focus on gender, culture and identities, the series broadens the learning experience of students from all faculties. Staff from different schools and campuses, speakers from student societies and the broader community will meet students and give them an opportunity to discuss and learn together. Students will explore the identity through the notions of gender, identity, and culture. Topics will range from gender to feminism, from women and career to masculinity, and intercultural communication. 

The series is supported by the Faculties of Arts and Education, and Social Sciences.

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