Rome 1923: the Congress of the International Woman
Where votes for women had been fought for but not won in the aftermath of the Great War, suffragists found themselves operating in an altered political context. Challenges to liberal understandings came from both the left and the right. Even more decisive was the state courtship of women’s political aspirations. This paper examines this epochal change in the international woman suffrage movement thought the lens of its Italian division. In the same year that Mussolini took power, the international woman suffrage movement met in Rome to chart out its postwar policies. This paper concentrates on this 1923 conference, exploring both its national and international implications.