Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right by Victoria González-Rivera, Karen Kampwirth

By Victoria González-Rivera, Karen Kampwirth

Radical ladies in Latin the USA is a set of unique essays by means of students from quite a few disciplines—anthropology, heritage, and political science—on the political activism of ladies from either the left and the ideal. The tales of those radical ladies problem conventional portrayals of guys as violent and ladies as inherently peaceable. This quantity forces us to confront the truth that there is not any computerized sisterhood between girls, even between these of a similar category and ethnicity. whilst, the essays express the similarities which could unite girls throughout big political divides.

This ebook analyzes radical women’s activities and motivations via 4 interrelated themes—maternalism, feminism, autonomy, and coalitions among left- and right-wing women—in 3 vital American international locations (Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala) and 3 South American nations (Argentina, Brazil, and Chile). The editors and individuals to this quantity have performed large and up to date box learn in Latin America.

Radical ladies in Latin America demanding situations either stereotypical perspectives of Latin American ladies as simply manipulated and portrayals of women’s activism as inherently revolutionary. This ebook will clarify that ladies are in a position to defining their very own pursuits and their political identities, organizing autonomously, or even utilizing violence, in the event that they deem it essential to pursue their goals.

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Rigoberto Lo Repression against the population increases in the aftermath of Somoza’s death. Women vote for the first time in presidential elections. Luis Somoza Debayle, son of Anastasio Somoza Garcı´a, is elected president. Carlos Fonseca, Toma´s Borge, and Silvio Mayorga form the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front). Josefa Toledo de Aguerri, Nicaragua’s foremost feminist, dies. Presidential election takes place. Rene´ Schick, the Somocista candidate, becomes president. The Organization of Democratic Women is founded under the auspices of the Nicaraguan Socialist Party.

2. My conclusions are based on archival research and oral interviews with two dozen Somocista women and dozens of anti-Somocista activists. Pseudonyms are used to protect the informants. S. and Nicaragua between 1994 and 2000. 3. For more information on the history of feminism in Nicaragua, see Victoria Gonza´lez, ‘‘Josefa Toledo de Aguerri (1866–1962) and the Forgotten History of Nicaraguan Feminism, 1821–1955’’ (master’s thesis, University of New Mexico, 1996). See also David Whisnant, Rascally Signs in Sacred Places: The Politics of Culture in Nicaragua (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1995), 407–13.

This interest grew into full-fledged campaigns for woman suffrage and access to education for women in the 1880s. , Entre silencios y voces: Ge´nero e historia en Ame´rica Central (1750–1990) (San Jose´, Costa Rica: Centro Nacional para el Desarrollo de la Mujer y Familia, 1997). This research was funded with a Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women, a grant from the Institute for the Study of World Politics, and a Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.

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