The rise of the far-right comes at a time when political and social disenfranchisement is at an all-time high across Europe and beyond.
Whilst Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump, are not indicative of the rise of extremism per se, both signal a major turning point in global politics. Consequently, this leads us to question what it means to be a political subject in an ever-changing world, and how women are instrumental in shaping our political landscape.
Women have been, and still are, active in far-right and extremist groups in Europe, as the recent case of Beate Zschaepe has shown. Women’s participation in violence is not a new phenomenon, but whilst there is a proliferation of literature on terrorism and political violence more generally, little has been revealed about women in non-terrorist groups. My research aims to bridge a gap in the literature, and shine a light on a relatively unexplored topic.