Women’s Movements in International Perspective: Latin by Maxine Molyneux

By Maxine Molyneux

This wide-ranging choice of essays, written over a few two decades, engages totally the overall debates over the politics of gender and appraises women's activities in commonly various societies. so much chapters deal at once with Latin American concerns and studies, together with anarchist feminism in 19th century Argentina; the politics of gender and people of abortion in Sandinista Nicaragua; the position of the authentic Cuban women's stream within the Nineties; and an appraisal of the kin among gender and kingdom in 20th century Latin the USA. the remainder chapters expand past the sector to supply comparative research and a global context, paying specific cognizance to women's pursuits and rights, the legislations and the function of the country.

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Thus anarchism, perhaps more than socialism with its emphasis on economic exploitation, was able to accommodate some aspects of feminism, even though feminist ideas did not meet with wide acceptance in themselves either within or beyond the anarchist movement. This tension between the movement as a whole and the feminists within it was reflected in the trajectory of La Voz. As far as we know, La Voz de la Mujer was published only nine times; the first issue appearing on 8 January 1896 and the last almost exactly one year later, on New Year’s Day.

Because a general conception of interests (one which has political validity) must be derived from a theory of how the subordination of a determinate social category is secured, it is difficult to see how it would overcome the two most salient and intractable features of women’s oppression – its multicausal nature and the extreme variability of its forms of existence across class and nation. These factors vitiate attempts to speak without qualification of a unitary category ‘women’ with a set of already constituted interests common to it.

19 The appearance of this first issue received a mixed response from the rest of the anarchist movement, ranging from silence and hostility to praise. El Oprimido, edited by ‘an amiable Englishman’ called Dr Creaghe,20 extended a particularly warm welcome in its issue of November 1895: By giving it this name, a group of militant women has unfurled the red flag of anarchy and intends to publish a magazine for propaganda Anarchist Feminism in Nineteenth-Century Argentina 21 among those who are their comrades both in work and in misery.

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