"Mussolini despises them"
Benito Mussolini by de László (1923)
Public DomainBenito Mussolini by de László (1923) - Credit: Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937)

In discussing the attitudes of various famous men towards women, the narrator in A Room of One's Own has tended to draw heavily on the opinions of historical literary and political figures. However, in the case of Mussolini she is referring to an important contemporary figure.

Benito Mussolini (1883-1945) was an Italian politician who played a key role in the rise of fascism in Europe. In 1922 he became Prime Minister of Italy where he operated a fascist dictatorship. He began using the title Il Duce (It. The Leader) in 1925.

Part of Mussolini's plan for the development of Italy was to increase the population, and this meant that he placed great emphasis on the role of women as wives and mothers.