The process of creation of a normative framework for patriotism, heroism and dedication in wartime considered, among other things, the strict definition of gender roles within the patriotic duties of men and women. The recently formulated feminist agenda, which from 1911 onwards was supposed to serve as a basis for the emancipation of Serbian women, was pushed into the background on the eve of the Balkan Wars and World War One. Rather than being passive recipients of patriotic rhetoric, women in Serbia, above all those who came from an elevated social background, used the activism of their associations, predominantly in the Circle of Serbian Sisters, to become involved in the further expansion and spreading of that rhetoric and in the mobilization of other women for patriotic duties, through training courses for nurses, sewing laundry for the wounded, delivery of supplies and equipment for hospitals, and prisoners of war etc. However, this extended field of work in the public area meant a step forward beyond the expected gender roles for a small number of women. Some of them found themselves in such a position owing not only to their social background, but also to their communication skills, autonomy and freedom in decision‐making, and the success they achieved in collecting and providing various forms of assistance; and others, by acting as men, taking over their roles and providing examples of male forms of heroism (as women combatants, guerrilla members, heads of households).
|Year of publication||2015|
|Publisher||Istorijski institut Beograd i Institut za strategijska istraživanja|
|Publication||Prvi svetski rat, Srbija, Balkan i velike sile.|
|Pages||375 - 386|
How to cite this publication:
Istorijski Institut, portal Žene kroz istoriju. "„Sa rodoljubljem srpskih žena imaće svet još da računa“. Neki aspekti kreiranja normativnog patriotskog okvira pred početak Velikog rata (en translation)". Access date: 25. June 2022. URL: https://zristorija.iib.ac.rs/en/istrazivanja/sa-rodoljubljem-srpskih-zena-imace-svet-jos-da-racuna-neki-aspekti-kreiranja-normativnog-patriotskog-okvira-pred-pocetak-velikog-rata-en-translation/