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Women’s History Month 2023



Women’s History Month 2023

The Genealogies of March 8th:

the Political and Ritual Dimensions of International Women's Day in Italy

by Alessandra Gissi

Thursday 23 March 2023, 5.30 pm

Italian Institute of Culture, 82 Nicolson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9EW


In 1910, Clara Zetkin put forward a proposal for a special day to celebrate women - International Women’s Day. In Italy, initially the idea faced a hostile reception, mainly due to the scepticism of the Socialist Party about women’s suffrage. From the post-war years onwards, however, this was to become an important annual event, marked by demonstrations of various kinds, public debates, articles in the press and media, and the giving of mimosa flowers.

In her talk, through an analysis of the debates and rituals associated with the Day, Alessandra Gissi will explore the origins and history of the Italian celebrations of Otto marzo, highlighting how both real events and imagined myths contributed to the creation of a shared memory.

Alessandra Gissi is Associate Professor in Contemporary History at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”. She has published widely on C19th and C20th women’s and gender history. Her many publications include: Le segrete manovre delle donne. Levatrici in Italia dall’Unità al Fascismo (2006, 2nd ed. 2022) and Otto marzo. La giornata internazionale delle donne in Italia, (2010).

Chaired by Perry Willson, Professor of Modern European History, University of Dundee.


A drinks reception will follow.

The event is free but ticketed. Please register your attendance below.



Data: Gio 23 Mar 2023

Orario: Alle 17:30

Organizzato da : Association for the Study of Modern Italy (ASMI)

In collaborazione con : Italian Institute of Culture

Ingresso : Libero


Italian Institute of Culture, 82 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh