Cuvântarea Doamnei Alexandrina Gr. Cantacuzino asupra subiectului 'Femeile și Noua Constituție românească,' Congresul Grupării Femeilor Române la Brașov, 12.13.14 Noembrie 1938

Cuvântarea Doamnei Alexandrina Gr. Cantacuzino asupra subiectului 'Femeile și Noua Constituție românească,' Congresul Grupării Femeilor Române la Brașov, 12.13.14 Noembrie 1938

written by Alexandrina Cantacuzino, 1876-1944, in Cantacuzino Family Collection, of Romania. National Archives (folder 254, files 1-4) (Bucharest, Bucharest County) , 4 page(s)

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Title: The Congress of the Romanian Women’s Association in Brasov, November 12.13.14, 1938. The Speech of Mrs. Alexandrina Gr. Cantacuzino on the Topic ‘Women and the New Romanian Constitution.’ Description: Speech held by Alexandrina Gr. Cantacuzino, leader of the Romanian Women’s Association in Brasov, November 12.13.14, 1938. At that time, certain categories of women obtained partial political rights, and the inclusion in the new constitution of this restrictive and incomplete version of women’s political rights was received with great joy and celebrated with fast. In this speech, Cantacuzino’s argumentation was directed towards increasing women’s public role (she decries the elaboration of a social work law without the consultation of women’s organizations) and the recognition of women’s legitimacy to weight upon the transformation of political and state life from their positions as mothers. Also, in this speech Cantacuzino’s “internationalist” image is rather paradoxical if we take into the account the context in which the speech was delivered. In that period, the Romanian Women’s Association under Cantacuzino’s leadership became very adamant in promoting and demanding ethnic discriminatory measures using eugenic and economic arguments. In these conditions, it is difficult to understand how in this period Cantacuzino could play both the roles of “internationalist” seeking connections with minority women and fervent “nationalist” committed to exclusionary politics at the same time. This unless one does not take into account the fact that for Cantacuzino this “internationalism” was first of all another way of bringing a contribution to the building of the Romanian nation-state. Keywords: Alexandrina Cantacuzino, political rights, Romanian Women’s Association, minority rights, social work
Field of Interest
Women and Social Movements
Author
Alexandrina Cantacuzino, 1876-1944
Collection
Women and Social Movements, Modern Empires Since 1820
Content Type
Speech/Address
Duration
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Format
Text
Page Count
4
Subject
Women and Social Movements, History, Women and Social Reform, Women and Politics, Women and Rights, Rumania, Romênia, Romania, Social Reform and Political Activism, Political and Human Rights, Political Parties and Other Male Dominated Organizations, Suffrage, Social and Cultural Rights, Equal Rights for Women, Romanians, 20th Century in World History (1914--2000)
Topic
Political Parties and Other Male Dominated Organizations, Suffrage, Social and Cultural Rights, Equal Rights for Women
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Rumania, Romênia

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