Sandino's Daughters Revisited: Feminism in Nicaragua / Edition 1

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Overview

Sandino's Daughters, Margaret Randall's conversations with Nicaraguan women in their struggle against the dictator Somoza in 1979, brought the lives of a group of extraordinary female revolutionaries to the American and world public. The book remains a landmark. Now, a decade later, Randall returns to interview many of the same women and others. In Sandino's Daughters Revisited, they speak of their lives during and since the Sandinista administration, the ways in which the revolution made them strong--and also held them back. Ironically, the 1990 defeat of the Sandinistas at the ballot box has given Sandinista women greater freedom to express their feelings and ideas.

Randall interviewed these outspoken women from all walks of life: working-class Diana Espinoza, head bookkeeper of a employee-owned factory; Daisy Zamora, a vice minister of culture under the Sandinistas; and Vidaluz Meneses, daughter of a Somozan official, who ties her revolutionary ideals to her Catholicism. The voices of these women, along with nine others, lead us to recognize both the failed promises and continuing attraction of the Sandinista movement for women. This is a moving account of the relationship between feminism and revolution as it is expressed in the daily lives of Nicaraguan women.

"A completely new and different book from her earlier Sandino's Daughters. The core is a dozen lengthy interviews with feminist women (all but one), hence not randomly drawn from Nicaraguan society. Randall opens the volume with a useful, wide-ranging interpretative survey of history, politics, and the social situation of women. One observation that sticks: women who most resembled men in their conduct rose highest under Sandinista rule"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Randall Sandino's Daughters lived for more than three years in Nicaragua and supported the Sandinistas. Returning there in 1991 after the Sandinista defeat, she concluded that the party's inability to confront feminism was a major failure, and resolved to explore the state of Nicaraguan feminism. What emerged are deeply textured interviews with 12 women, a worthy contribution to the literature concerning both Nicaragua and the role of women in social change. Poet Michele Najlis recalls Daniel Ortega dismissing abortion and family planning as exotic ideas important only to intellectuals. Doctor Mirna Cunningham, raped by contras in a notorious incident, says that ethnically diverse women from the Atlantic Coast face ``an inordinate degree of violence.'' Daisy Zamora, the former vice-minister of culture, reflects that the few women in power should have protested in louder voices. Lawyer Milu Vargas makes the central point that a revolution means both external and internal change. Despite their detailed and thoughtful criticisms, these women remain proud of the progress of their country and retain many of their revolutionary ideals. Illustrations not seen by PW. Mar.
Library Journal
Born in 1936 and raised in the United States, poet, journalist, and photographer Randall lived for many years in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua. Her 50-plus books were deemed too political to allow her to remain in America. Randall, who argues that feminism and socialism need each other, interviewed women opposing the Somoza regime for Sandino's Daughters 1981, one of her books about Nicaragua. Here she has interviewed some of the same women e.g., poet Daisy Zamora and politician Dora Maria Tellez and others e.g., Diana Espinoza, head bookkeeper of an employee-owned factory, providing translations, editing, photography, and a lengthy background introduction. There are few comparable booklength works in English. Useful for most libraries, including collections serving Latin American areas and women studies.-- Helen Rippier Wheeler, formerly with Univ. of California at Berkeley, SLIS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520254
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 "Women's Solidarity Has Given Our Lives a New Dimension: Laughter" 40
3 "I Was a Woman, a Miskito Woman, a Woman from the Coco River" 67
4 "The Only Way for Women to Fight for Their Rights Is If They Get Together and Do It" 85
5 "I Am Looking for the Women of My House" 98
6 "Our Experience in the FSLN Is What Gives Us This Strength" 125
7 "As a Woman, I Think It Was Worth Living the Revolutionary Process" 144
8 "We Were the Knights of the Round Table" 168
9 "It Doesn't Matter What Kind of Uniform You Wear" 191
10 "It's True: We Can't Live on Consciousness Alone, But We Can't Live Without It" 207
11 "Nicaragua Is a Surprising Country" 230
12 "Coming Out as a Lesbian Is What Brought Me to Social Consciousness" 265
13 "Who Was Going to Trust a Montenegro?" 286
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