Women in Montenegro

Montenegrin women live in Montenegro, a country in southeastern Europe: a region commonly known as the Balkans. They belong to a group of people known as South Slavs.[2] An early description of women from Montenegro comes from a column of The New York Times on November 5, 1880, wherein the newspaper said that "The Montenegrin woman takes an equal share of labor with the man at field-work, and she does all the carrying" in relation to travel by horse ride and other forms of transport by animals. The newspaper further described them to be engaged in knitting or spinning.[3]

Women in Montenegro
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Portrait of a woman in Montenegro who lived in 1865, painted by Jaroslav Čermák.
Gender Inequality Index[1]
Value0.109 (2019)
Rank26th out of 162

Physical attributesEdit

Among the tallest people in the world, the average height of women in Montenegro is at 171 centimetres (67 in).[2]

Status in societyEdit

Women in Montenegro may either be living in a conservative and patriarchal Montenegrin society or a matriarchal society depending on the region of their residence. In a family unit that is headed by a male, a woman may act as a guide to the man regarding family matters. In modern times, Montenegrin people have a "caring attitude" to their women.[2]

Fertility rateEdit

A report from the World Bank shows that the fertility rate (total births per woman) in Montenegro had been declining from 2002 to 2010. The trend was from 1.77 in 2002, then 1.68 in 2008, and 1.66 in 2010.[citation needed]

Notable Montenegrin womenEdit

Queen of ItalyEdit

There are notable women in Montenegro in the history of Montenegro. One of them was Elena of Montenegro (1873–1952), the daughter of a former king of Montenegro, who became Queen of Italy.[citation needed] The English historian Denis Mack Smith described Elena of Montenegro, particularly as Italy's queen, as the most influential Montenegrin woman in history; Elena of Montenegro was able to convince her husband Victor Emmanuel III, who was during her time the King of Italy, to impose on Benito Mussolini the creation of an independent Montenegro, against the wishes of the fascist Croats and Albanians (who wanted to enlarge their countries with the Montenegrin territories).[citation needed] Her nephew Prince Michael of Montenegro never accepted the offered crown, pledging loyalty to his nephew King Peter II of Yugoslavia.[citation needed]

First female physicianEdit

Another notable woman from Montenegro was Divna Veković (1886–1944), the first female medical doctor in Montenegro. Apart from being a physician during World War I, Veković was also a humanitarian and a literary translator. As a translator, she was the first to translate The Mountain Wreath (also known as The Mountain of Wreath) from the Montenegrin language into the French language; The Mountain Wreath is a well-known poem and play in Serbian literature written by the Prince-Bishop and poet Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. Veković also translated other poems such as that of the Serbian poet Jovan Jovanović Zmaj.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Gender Inequality Index (GII)". Human Development Reports. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Montenegrin people". PANACOMP. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ "The Women of Montenegro" (PDF). Correspondence of the London Standard. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 November 2013. (abstract)
  4. ^ Martinović, M.; Jokanović, V. (2006). "Divna Veković (1886-1944) - the first woman physician in Montenegro". Med Pregl. 59 (7–8): 391–393. doi:10.2298/mpns0608391m. PMID 17140043.

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