"Indignation Can Move Mountains": Women in the French Resistance, 1940-1944
Dixon, Maeve R.
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The author discusses the role of women in French society in the years before World War II, traces the rise of the Vichy Regime, noting the ways in which the regime sought to reorganize French society in the wake of defeat, and then gives an overview of the French Resistance, highlighting the participation of French women. Though the Resistance work of women has not been remembered in the same quantities as men, their efforts were equally vital to the functioning of the Resistance. While resistance work required women to take on a political role, their work was often an extension of traditional female spaces. In this way, the Resistance was both liberating and repressive. The remarkable women of the French Resistance took a courageous stand against what they considered a threat to their identity. Says Germaine Tillion, "Faced with crime and cruelty, something wells up within you. I call it indignation."