Women’s writings under state feminism in Turkey: an analysis of “Kadın gazetesi” from 1947 to 1960 /

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016

Thesis Language: English

Student: Melike Güngör



This thesis analyzes a woman’s journal called ‘Kadın Gazetesi’ in relation with the concept of state feminism. The study is based on an analysis of the issues of the journal published from 1947 to 1960. This thesis investigates how the journal described the images of women in relation to the prevailing hegemonic discourse on womanhood. Thus, the main intention of the study is to discuss the meanings of women’s portrayals in the journal with historical changes resulted to the dominant effect of state feminism upon women’s movement in Turkey. The relationship between nation and gender, the effects of Republican principles on Turkish woman’s status are key points of the study. As a consequence, in light of these objects, it is contended that the journal created a woman’s agenda and discourse under state feminism and thus was confined to reproducing existed roles assigned to women.