This essay examines the struggle of Italian feminism for transforming long rooted beliefs and gender roles in Italy since the late nineteenth century. I specifically focus on the legal, political and symbolic levels. First, I describe the historical formation of Italian feminism and its relation with literature and politics. Next, I examine the emergence of new feminist groups, and their involvement with the late 1960s protests. I then briefly explore the issues of divorce, labor and family laws during the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, I summarize the progress of the lesbian and queer movements in their struggle for recognition and freedom.

Author Biography

Miguel Malagreca is a Ph.D. in Communications from the Institute of Communications Research (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA). He is also a licensed psychologist. His current work focuses on the legal and human rights of migrant queer subjectivities in Italy and their representation film. His next book is Queer Italy (Forthcoming, Peter Lang).