Happy International Women’s Day!

We’re a day late, but by a lovely coincidence I stumbled across some files relating to feminism yesterday in the Mitrinović Archive and it seems too good an opportunity to miss! In the 1940s some of the women in Mitrinović’s circles set up their own sub-group, Anthropo-Femina of the New Atlantis. They met for discussions and organised public lectures with a variety of invited speakers. They also seem to have joined in the celebrations for International Women’s Day, if the presence of this pamphlet in their files is anything to go by.

NAF 3-2-2-6-3 International Women's Day programme, 1946

I hadn’t realised that International Women’s Day had such a long history, nor that Mitrinović’s associates Winifred Gordon Fraser, Violet MacDermot, Louise Hughes and others not only considered themselves to be feminists in the 1940s, but established a group to study subjects and issues that they thought were of particular interest to women. I’m still cataloguing these records, but so far the records show that the group was interested in Psychology, Sociology, International Affairs, Philosophy and issues relating to the Second World War as these related to women. I have found statements of belief, letters, notes, bulletins, and meeting minutes relating to “Anthropo-Femina”, which seems to have been in existence from 1941 -1950s. I’m definitely looking forward to learning more about this intriguing group!

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