It is commonly accepted today that the questions historians ask of the past are directly related to their concerns and inquiries about the present. The writing of history is not a neutral act, but has evident ideological and therefore political connotations. In this way, the development of the new field of history called ‘the history of women’, internationally, over the last twenty years, is directly linked to the growth of the feminist movement. Defining women’s status as social and therefore reversible, contemporary feminists turned to the past in order to study the various forms of gender inequality, the mechanisms that maintained and reproduced it, the moments of resistance and suppression. What they did in fact was to bring women to the forefront of history, giving them a past or, in other words, a collective identity, and revealing gender relations as a driving force of history.
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