This chapter compares and contrasts the activities and ideology of two militant feminist groups: the Red Zora (RZ), which carried out dozens of arson attacks and bombings in West Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), which played a central role in promoting militant tactics in the British movement for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century. Although the RZ and WSPU operated in different geo-political contests and held very different ideological views, both formed in the context of broader feminist campaigns and resorted to militant tactics because they felt that constitutional means had failed to improve the situation of women. The chapter shows that the movements and ideas associated with 1968 have contributed to a significant change in the ideology and organization of militant feminist activists.
|Title of host publication||Gender, Emancipation, and Political Violence |
|Subtitle of host publication||Rethinking the Legacy of 1968|
|Editors||Sarah Colvin, Katharina Karcher|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Jul 2018|
|Name||Gender and Global Politics Series|
- feminism, militancy, suffragettes, 1968, violence, Rote Zora