The difficult recovery of women’s sport in Italy (1945-1965)

Author/s Marco Giani
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/91 Language Italian
Pages 20 P. 71-90 File size 144 KB
DOI 10.3280/SPC2022-091005
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What did happen to Women’s Sports in 1945-1965’ Italy? After the support of the Fascist regime (for its demographic goals), no one in the 1950s’ seemed to care about it, despite the high hopes of some sports¬women in the very first years. Among the main obstacles, there were: the ongoing gender bias, the narrow-mindedness of Italian families (above all in the Southern regions); the lack of sporting centers; coaches, and trainers; the lack of national championships. Yet sport was still a very strong expe¬rience, for the few who were able to practice it: in fact, sports travel were among the few occasion the Italian girls had to leave their homes and travel all along the country. For the sportswomen who practice team sports such as basketball, being part of a team was the occasion to fight together for their rights.

Keywords: cold war, Italy, women’s sports, gender studies, sport history, athletics

Marco Giani, La difficile ripresa dello sport femminile in Italia (1945-1965) in "STORIA E PROBLEMI CONTEMPORANEI" 91/2022, pp 71-90, DOI: 10.3280/SPC2022-091005