Yugoslav Female Partisans in World War II

TitleYugoslav Female Partisans in World War II
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsPantelić, Ivana
JournalCahiers balkaniques
Date Published04/2013

Women public engagement, during the war, was very important for process of emancipation in post war Yugoslavia. This was first time that women joined military forces, especially combat units. By the end of 1941, People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia had accepted a new concept of warfare: the establishment of highly mobile proletarian brigades in which women constituted a significant part of the medical corps. In early 1942, however, the partisan leadership decided to make combat roles officially available to women. The fact that women, despite the aspirations of the Party to win them over, and in spite of customized organizational structure, were poorly represented in the membership of the Party and its leadership, limited the participation of women during the war. Although they were not equally represented in political parties and the partisan institutions of the state, partizanke were more proportionally represented in People's Liberation Army than in the most other similar armies, and won more of the highest awards than female members of the Red Army.

Translated TitleLes femmes partisanes yougoslaves pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale
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