Together we stand? Coalition-building in the Italian and Spanish feminist movements in times of crisis Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2021

start page

  • 291

end page

  • 309


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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2515-1096


  • We analyse coalition-building in feminist mobilisations in times of crisis in two similar cases: Spain and Italy. Based on social movement literature, we develop two key arguments. First, in austerity-ridden scenarios, connecting socio-economic grievances and feminist demands is key for the feminist mass mobilisations to follow. Second, anti-austerity struggles must resonate across different dimensions of coalition-building, both within the feminist movements and across feminists and other actors, such as LGBTQ collectives and anti-austerity challengers. The data used throughout the article come from semi-structured interviews with activists in Italian and Spanish feminist grass-roots organisations. Our results suggest that times of neoliberal crisis may present opportunities not only to advance the feminist agenda, but also to foster alliances within the feminist milieus and between feminists and other relevant collective actors. These alliances might well extend beyond the period of greatest hardship.


  • Sociology


  • italy; spain; coalition-building; critical juncture; feminist movements; grievances