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This book chronicles the dawn of the global movement for women's rights in the first decades of the twentieth century. The founding mothers of this movement were not based primarily in the United States, however, or in Europe. Instead, Katherine M. Marino introduces readers to a cast of remarkable Latin American and Caribbean women whose deep friendships and intense rivalries forged global feminism out of an era of imperialism, racism, and fascism. Six dynamic activists form the heart of this story: from Brazil, Bertha Lutz; from Cuba, Ofelia Domingez Navarro; from Uruguay, Paulina Luisi; from Panama, Clara Gonzalez; from Chile, Marta Vergara; and from the United States, Doris Stevens. This Pan-American network drove a transnational movement that advocated women's suffrage, equal pay for equal work, maternity rights, and broader self-determination. Their painstaking efforts led to the enshrinement of women's rights in the United Nations Charter and the development of a framework for international human rights. But their work also revealed deep divides, with Latin American activists overcoming U.S. presumptions to feminist superiority. As Marino shows, these early fractures continue to influence divisions among today's activists along class, racial, and national lines.

Marino's multinational and multilingual research yields a new narrative for the creation of global feminism. The leading women introduced here were forerunners in understanding the power relations at the heart of international affairs. Their drive to enshrine fundamental rights for women, children, and all people of the world stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when global thinking meets local action.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Prologue. Feminismo americano
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. A New Force in the History of the World
  2. pp. 13-39
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  1. 2. The Anti-imperialist Origins of International Women’s Rights
  2. pp. 40-66
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  1. 3. Feminismo práctico
  2. pp. 67-95
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  1. 4. The Great Feminist Battle of Montevideo
  2. pp. 96-119
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  1. 5. The Birth of Popular Front Pan-American Feminism
  2. pp. 120-144
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  1. 6. United Fronts for Women’s Rights and for Human Rights
  2. pp. 145-169
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  1. 7. Mobilizing Women’s Rights as Human Rights
  2. pp. 170-197
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  1. 8. The Latin American Contribution to the Constitution of the World
  2. pp. 198-224
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  1. Epilogue. History and Human Rights
  2. pp. 225-236
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-314
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 315-340
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 341-354
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469649719
Related ISBN(s)
9781469649696, 9781469649702, 9781469661520
MARC Record
OCLC
1084655495
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2019-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
No
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