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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.
|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|