Francisca de Haan

Francisca de Haan is Professor of Gender Studies and History at the Central European University (CEU).

Her research focuses on the history of the international women’s movement, currently with an emphasis on the Cold War era, and communism and women from a global perspective. She published three monographs (in Dutch and English) and co-edited three English-language volumes, including A Biographical Dictionary of Women’s Movements and Feminisms. Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe, 19th and 20th Centuries (Budapest and New York: Central European University Press, 2006, reprint 2008)

and most recently, Rosa Manus (1881-1942): The International Life and Legacy of a Jewish Dutch Feminist (Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2017), co-edited with the historian Myriam Everard.

Professor De Haan is founding editor of Aspasia: The International Yearbook of Central, Eastern and South Eastern European Women’s and Gender History (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books) and served as Vice-President of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (IFRWH).

Research project: Battling for the World's Women: A Cold War History

This project focuses on the three major international women's organizations of the Cold War era: the International Council of Women (ICW), the International Alliance of Women (IAW, originally the IWSA), and the Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF). In 1975, United Nations-proclaimed International Women’s Year, they were the only three international women’s organizations with “Consultative Status 1” at the UN, signifying their status as the first among equals in the international women’s world. They had this status because of the key roles they, or their leading women, played in breakthroughs for women on the international level since 1945.

Despite this impressive record, and although the study of the international women’s movement has developed remarkably over the last two decades, no comprehensive study of any of these international women’s organizations after 1945 exists, let alone one that discusses their intertwined histories and struggles as part of the Cold War, as this project does. During her stay at the PIASt, Professor de Haan will focus on writing several chapters about the WIDF, the largest as well as the most influential international women’s organization of the post-1945 world.

Dates of stay: 01 March 2019 - 31 July 2019.