An oft-neglected subject, right-wing women are an important component in understanding the many racist, fascist, and anti-feminist movements of the 20th century. Providing original research on an array of right-wing groups around the world, the contributors paint a disturbing and complicated portrait of the women involved in these movements. From Mussolini supporters to Klanswomen, this collection provides an eye-opening look at extremist women.
Paola Bacchetta is Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's Studies and Geography at the University of Kentucky. Margaret Power is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
"Right-Wing Women is an invaluable, unprecedented collection of comparative, interdisciplinary essays. It illuminates both the scope of right-wing projects, and the centrality of women, gender, and sexuality to them." -- Amrita Basu, editor of The Challenge of Local Feminisms: Women's Movements in Global Perspective
"In these essays, upstarts and activists break out of conventional stereotypes about right wing women, and force us to re-think our assumptions about political activism and women's roles. Writing from almost as many disciplinary perspectives as national contexts, the authors have produced a pioneering work about global gender politics." -- Claudia Koonz, author of Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family, and Nazi Politics
"The essays in Right-Wing Women raise profound questions about the relationships between women, nationalism, and feminism. The book not only explores and expands this under-researched field of feminist and political scholarship, but it attempts to do this in a truly global way." -- Nira Yuval-Davis, author of Gender and Nation
"If ever a collection showed the necessity of focusing on women's agency, it is Right-Wing Women. This book is also a good read, one that will appeal to specialists and ordinary readers alike." -- Temma Kaplan, author of Crazy for Democracy: Women in Grassroots Movements