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Italian Women and International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968$
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Wendy Pojmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823245604

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823245604.001.0001

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Mothers for Peace, 1950–1955

Mothers for Peace, 1950–1955

(p.75) 3 Mothers for Peace, 1950–1955
Italian Women and International Cold War Politics, 1944-1968

Wendy Pojmann

Fordham University Press

Chapter three considers developments between 1950 and 1955, when the women’s associations launched a series of initiatives dedicated to peace and motherhood and experienced moments of cooperation across the Catholic/Popular Front divide. Although their activism and work together may appear limited to a construct of woman as defined by her “inevitable” role as mother, the UDI and the CIF actually demonstrated their political astuteness by bundling motherhood with other political messages and using them to reach younger women. Nevertheless, the associations’ ideological differences were reinforced during this five year period in large part because of national and international political developments. The war in Korea and events in Berlin elicited sharp responses from the Italian women’s associations and influenced their positions in the international women’s organizations. By 1955, the UDI and the CIF had shown that a mini-détente was possible in a limited context but that the Cold War continued to overshadow effective widespread unity.

Keywords:   Motherhood, Korean War, Popular Front, United Nations

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