Feminist Foresight in Statelessness

Century-Old Citizenship Equality Campaigns

  • Deirdre Brennan Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne
Keywords: gender discrimination, feminism, activism, history, statelessness, interwar feminists, suffrage, nationality laws


It may have appeared to many working in the statelessness sector, or those campaigning against gender discriminatory nationality laws, that until the launch of the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights in 2014, efforts to eradicate such laws were largely only coordinated on a national level. This article, however, uncovers a hidden period in statelessness history: the citizenship equality campaigns of the early 1900s. Through an exploration of these campaigns, their vibrant tactics and eccentric characters, this article provides a feminist revisionist history of statelessness activism and academia that aims to adjust dominant narratives in contemporary statelessness literature.

How to Cite
Brennan, D. (2020). Feminist Foresight in Statelessness. The Statelessness & Citizenship Review, 2(1), 43–63. https://doi.org/10.35715/SCR2001.114