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The Bulgarian Association of University Women, 1924-1950

The Bulgarian Association of University Women, 1924-1950 The article explores the history of the Bulgarian Association of University Women (BAUW) (1924–1950) within the broader framework of two historical periods in Bulgarian history (before and after the political change in September 1944) and during a democratic, an authoritarian, and a totalitarian regime. The article outlines the internal and external prerequisites for the emergence of the BAUW, its profile as a feminist organisation in Bulgaria, and its position in the context of other professional feminist organisations with a social profile after the First World War. It discusses some particularities in the ideology and the organisational structure of the BAUW, and details the process of the organisation’s destruction. KEYWORDS: Women’s Movement, Women’s Organisations, Feminism, State Socialism, Bulgaria Introduction The present article discusses for the first time, in English, the establishment and development of the Druzhestvo na bulgarkite s visshe obrazovanie (Bulgarian Association of University Women, BAUW). The article has several objectives. The first is to chronologically reconstruct the history of the Bulgarian Association of University Women, which existed from 1924 to 1950, and to review its founders and members, main goals, and activities. Secondly, it is an attempt to place the BAUW within its local and international context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

The Bulgarian Association of University Women, 1924-1950

Aspasia , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 2007

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Berghahn Books
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© 2022 Berghahn Books
ISSN
1933-2882
eISSN
1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2007.010108
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Abstract

The article explores the history of the Bulgarian Association of University Women (BAUW) (1924–1950) within the broader framework of two historical periods in Bulgarian history (before and after the political change in September 1944) and during a democratic, an authoritarian, and a totalitarian regime. The article outlines the internal and external prerequisites for the emergence of the BAUW, its profile as a feminist organisation in Bulgaria, and its position in the context of other professional feminist organisations with a social profile after the First World War. It discusses some particularities in the ideology and the organisational structure of the BAUW, and details the process of the organisation’s destruction. KEYWORDS: Women’s Movement, Women’s Organisations, Feminism, State Socialism, Bulgaria Introduction The present article discusses for the first time, in English, the establishment and development of the Druzhestvo na bulgarkite s visshe obrazovanie (Bulgarian Association of University Women, BAUW). The article has several objectives. The first is to chronologically reconstruct the history of the Bulgarian Association of University Women, which existed from 1924 to 1950, and to review its founders and members, main goals, and activities. Secondly, it is an attempt to place the BAUW within its local and international context.

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2007

Keywords: Bulgaria; feminism; state socialism; women's movement; women's organizations

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