The presence and activity of Italian Communists within the anti-fascist movement has been constant since the mid 1920s, with a substantial number of militants and leaders active abroad, including in Russia. One of these was Teresa Noce. Wife of Luigi Longo, but with a marked independence and specificity, she was a leading exponent of the albeit residual quota reserved for female communist leadership and gained a central position through two roles. Teresa Noce's biography represents an original and particularly significant journey not only thanks to the insight into the intense political activity during the clandestine period, but also because it offers a cross-section of a life, reflecting a political condition and, at the same time, a gender condition. Through Teresa Noce one can reflect on what it means to be a female leader in a political reality such as the Italian one, which is still directed mainly by men, where the female contribution is minor and often linked only with secondary tasks.

The Italian anti-fascist community in Moscow. The activity of communist women and the example of Teresa Noce

Anna Tonelli
2020-01-01

Abstract

The presence and activity of Italian Communists within the anti-fascist movement has been constant since the mid 1920s, with a substantial number of militants and leaders active abroad, including in Russia. One of these was Teresa Noce. Wife of Luigi Longo, but with a marked independence and specificity, she was a leading exponent of the albeit residual quota reserved for female communist leadership and gained a central position through two roles. Teresa Noce's biography represents an original and particularly significant journey not only thanks to the insight into the intense political activity during the clandestine period, but also because it offers a cross-section of a life, reflecting a political condition and, at the same time, a gender condition. Through Teresa Noce one can reflect on what it means to be a female leader in a political reality such as the Italian one, which is still directed mainly by men, where the female contribution is minor and often linked only with secondary tasks.
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