« 2018. #1 (139)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2018, 1 (139), 91–102

UDK 94(477):323(=161.2)-055.2


Received 26.12.2017


Kis Oksana, candidate of sciences in history,

Senior Researcher at the Institute of Ethnology

of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,

departmeny of social anthropology.

Svobody Avenue 15,  79000, Lviv, Ukraine.

Contacts: e-mail:

Abstract. This article explores the vision of women’s roles and tasks in the national project from the perspective of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists. Analysis of the texts of the prominent Ukrainian nationalists (Yuriy Lypa, Olena Teliha, Daria Rebet) and respective OUN propagandist publications allowed to reveal the core elements of the image of an «ideal Ukrainian woman» against the backdrop of the discussion with the interwar feminists. Nationalists’ essentialist perceprion of women reduced thair main duty to motherhood (aimed at physical and cultural contibuity of the nation) and subordination of all women’s interests, potentials and activities to the goals of the national cause..

 Keywords: Ukrainian women, OUN, nationalism, essentia­lism, feminism.


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