«Does sport harm women?». Udi, Uisp, Pci and women’s sport in the 1950s

Author/s Anna Tonelli
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2022/91
Language Italian Pages 15 P. 13-27 File size 112 KB
DOI 10.3280/SPC2022-091002
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This article aims at analysing the attitude of the Italian communist party (Pci) and some progressive associations such as the Unione donne italiane (Udi) and the Unione italiana sport popolare (Uisp) towards women’s sport. A special attention is devoted to the 1950s, which repre¬sented a crucial decade to grasp the tensions between modernization and conservative mentality. The promotion of the first editions of the women’s sports exhibitions, the parades of athletes at the Feste dell’Unità and the tournaments at the communist party school of Faggeto Lario are significant examples of the enhancement of sport for women, in a context of social and cultural backwardness in which first attempts of change emerged.

Keywords: women, sport, Italian communist party, Union of Italian women, Italian popular sports union, body

Anna Tonelli, «Lo sport nuoce alla donna?» Udi, Uisp, Pci e lo sport femminile negli anni cinquanta in "STORIA E PROBLEMI CONTEMPORANEI" 91/2022, pp 13-27, DOI: 10.3280/SPC2022-091002