Teresa Noce

Teresa Noce (1900-1980) was a leader in the Italian Communist Party and the international movement of women against war and fascism.” She often wrote under the pseudonym of “Estella.” (DiCaprio & Wiesner, 2001, 497). To find out more about her, check out this wiki post: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teresa_Noce.

Writing in 1934 in “The Situation of the Working Women of Italy and the Struggle Against War” she says:

The struggle against war must be extended and better popularised among working women. The working women have demonstrated emphatically that they will and can fight against fascism, against exploitation. Again and again they have defied fascism; in innumerable incidents of the class struggle, of the protest movements, of the strikes and demonstrations, they have forced the exploiters to retreat. These day-to-day struggles of the working women must be linked up with the struggle against war. The demands of the working women, especially the demand for equal pay, for equal work, must be supported by the whole of the toiling masses, and working men and women must join their efforts in the struggle to prevent the war which is being prepared by fascism (Noce, 1934).


For those who speak Italian, here is a short documentary:

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