Women's Struggle: An old fashioned title for a modern feminist magazine
By Xanthi Petrinioti*
The magazine O Agonas tis Gynaikas (Women's Struggle) is the longest - surviving feminist periodical publication in Greece (and possibly in Europe). The first issue circulated as a monthly bulletin of the Greek League for Women's Rights in August - September 1923. On its cover page, under the title, it was written in bold lettering and in demotic Greek: "We demand the same political, civil and economic rights for women and men".
The current (bi-annual) issue (No. 80) of the magazine's third period of publication will circulate in June 2006. During these 82 years its publication ceased twice, in 1936 and in 1967, closely following the vicissitudes of Greek political history. June 1936 was the date of the last issue of this first period of the magazine's publication, that of the inter-war years. That is, the period from 1920 when the League for Women's Rights was founded by Avra Theodoropoulou and Maria Negreponti and the participation of Maria Svolou, Rosa Imvrioti and Elleni Korrylou (better known under the pen name Alkis Thryllos) until it was closed down by order of the Police and its archives seized, on August 5, 1936, one day after the establishment of the Metaxa dictatorship.