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This article combines history of the family with women’s and gender history and the history of women’s education; it is based on an extensive range of archives and aims at highlighting the attitude of society and families towards women who wanted to attend University studies in the beginning of the 20th century. The matter of women’s university education is directly related to the emergence of the feminist movement in Greece. The strong preference of female university students for the exact sciences at that time was justified by contemporary scholars as a choice reflecting women’s nature. This article highlights the role played by family and social class background. To this effect, the life course of three ‘heroines’ is followed from their initial desire to undertake further studies to their participation in the social and cultural life of the capital of Greece, as a contribution to current literature on gender studies. Despite the limited number of cases discussed, we strongly believe that these women’s upbringing enhances our understanding of women’s scientific pursuits and their place in Athenian elite families.


Fabrice Boudjaaba, Eugenia Bournova, Michaël Gasperoni et Vincent Gourdon, "Introduction", Bulletin de correspondance hellénique moderne et contemporain [En ligne], 1 | 2019, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2019, consulté le 06 mars 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/bchmc/280

Gazi, from industrial backwater to urban hot spot

Study sheds light on history of gasworks district that has become an Athens nightlife hub

Bournova E., Dimitropoulou M., «Les réseaux de parrainage dans une capitale orthodoxe: Athènes, du milieu du XIXe siècle au milieu du XXe siècle» in Guido Alfani, Vincent Gourdon, Isabelle Robin (dir.) Le parrainage en Europe et en Amérique, Pratiques de longue durée (XVIe-XXIe), ed Peter Lang, Bruxelles 2015, p. 405-428.

Bournova E., "The creation of new cities in the region of the Greek capital during the twentieth century: the case of Egaleo" , International Journal of Regional and Local History, 2015, Volume 10, Issue 1 (May 2015), 47-68.

Bournova E., Garden M., «Naître à Athènes pendant la première moitié du XXe siècle. Démographie et institutions»,  Annales de Démographie Historique 2014 no 1, p. 209-230


Bournova E., Progoulakis G., «Urban development in Greece and Greater Athens, 1950-2001», στο Lars Nilsson (editor), The coming of the post-industrial city, Challenges and responses in Western European urban development since 1950, (Stockholm, 2011), 149-170.

Eugenia Bournova, «Surviving in Athens during the German Occupation» in The experience of Occupation, 1931-1949, Proceedings, International conference Wuhan, China, 14-16 April 2008, (Wuhan University Press, 2010), 299- 308.

Dimitropoulou M., «Athènes au XIXe siècle: de la bourgade à la capitale», Université Lumière, Lyon II, These de Doctorat, 2008 http://theses.univ-lyon2.fr/documents/lyon2/2008/dimitropoulou_m#p=0&a=top

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