Latin Women Essay

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Manpreet Singh Dr. A. Oñate History 550 November 15, 2012 The Situation of Women in Latin America “Throughout history, people in all social ranks have comprehended, interpreted and justified authority relations in society by referring to what is close to them and readily understandable, namely authority relations in the home” (Deutsch, 91). This report is an analysis of the socioeconomic strides made by the modern Latin-American woman as seen through the perspective of Sandra McGee Deutsch in her article Gender and Sociopolitical Change in the Twentieth Century Latin America. The analysis takes as case studies the four nations of Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Chile, each one during a defining period in its history. The analysis attempts to draw a correlation between traditional perceptions of societal gender roles and their applications in the political arena, as well as how these roles have given women a voice outside of the domestic setting. Mexico: The Revolution (1910-1920) Women in pre-revolutionary Mexico held very strict roles in society. Most of their duties were confined to the home or family setting, with any involvement in societal affairs outside of this sphere including only the church. However, the advent of the Mexican Revolution was centered about a shift in the general sociopolitical ideologies of Mexico at the time, one which presented a platform for women to gain a higher standing in society and exercise more power where the welfare of their country, and thus families, were concerned. The author states that, “Women actively participated in the revolution from its beginnings.” They protested the Diaz government through press publications, strike action and membership in the Mexican Liberal Party [PLM]. They served during the revolution as fundraisers, medical aids, and even soldiers on the battlefield. This
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