Empowering women: land and property rights in Latin America

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 486 pages
The expansion of married womenrs"s property rights was a main achievement of the first wave of feminism in Latin America. As Carmen Diana Deeere and Magdalena Leon reveal, however, the disjuncture between rights and actual ownership remains vast. This is particularly true in rural areas, where the distribution of land between men and women is highly unequal. In their pioneering, twelve-country comparative study, the authors argue that property ownership is directly related to womenrs"s bargaining power within the household and community, point out changes resulting from recent gender-progressive legislation, and identify additional areas for future reform, including inheritance rights of wives.

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Contents

Womens WellBeing and the Family n I Equality between
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Comparative and Historical Perspectives on Womens Property
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three Gender Exclusionary Agrarian Reform
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Carmen Diana Deere is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.