The Women's Movement in Latin America: Participation and Democracy

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Jane S. Jaquette
Westview Press, 1994 - Social Science - 257 pages
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Documenting and assessing the origins, evolution and goals of women's political groups in Latin America, this revised edition shows how they have adapted in the 1990s to the day-to-day realities of democratic politics, moving from the challenge of mobilizing opposition to the very different task of working with parties and government bureaucracies in order to maintain and implement their agendas. Using detailed case studies which illustrate its findings, it explores the variety of women's movements in the region and records their political successes and failures. The book aims to deepen the reader's understanding of recent political events in Latin America as well as expanding awareness of feminist and social issues.

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TWO The Transformation of Feminisms and Gender
FOUR Women and Democracy in Argentina
SEVEN Feminism Revolution and Democratic
EIGHT Womens Movements Feminism and Mexican Politics
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Jane S. Jaquette is professor of politics and chair of the Diplomacy and World Affairs Department at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

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