The Women's Revolution in Mexico, 1910-1953 / Edition 1

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Overview

Reinvigorating the debate on the Mexican Revolution, this book explores what this pivotal event meant to women. The contributors offer a fresh look at women's participation in their homes and workplaces and through politics and community activism. They show how women of diverse backgrounds with differing goals were actively involved, first in military roles during the violent early phase of civil war, and later in the statebuilding process. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the volume illuminates the ways women variously accepted, contested, used, and manipulated the revolutionary project in Mexico.

All too often, attention has been limited to elite, pro-revolutionary women's formal political activities, particularly their pursuit of suffrage. This timely volume broadens traditional perspectives, drawing on new scholarship that considers grassroots participation in institution-building and the contested nature of the revolutionary process. Recovering narratives that have been virtually written out of the historical record, this book brings us a rich and complex array of women's experiences in the revolutionary and post-revolutionary era in Mexico.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Through nine impressively crafted essays, the authors investigate numerous and various ways women shaped revolutionary activism in Mexico from 1910 to 1953….Through innovative investigations of temperance workers, teachers, prostitutes, urban elite women, female military veterans, and other women, this important book reveals how the revolution created new opportunities for women to become social actors while broadening their contributions in areas traditionally reserved for women. The essays reveal that as the government expanded its role in people's lives, crossing into sectors previously regarded as "the women's sphere," women became more influential in crafting the revolutionary agenda. An important consequence of the book is the recognition that additional critical investigations of women will reshape contemporary interpretations of the revolution. Such an expanded analysis has had other significant results, including a broader interpretation of feminism in Mexico, the ways gender roles are considered and evaluated, and how women's history in Mexico might be more expansively studied. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals.
International Review of Social History
The topics range from the struggle by seven women for acknowledgement as 'Veteran of the Revolution', to the fight for women's suffrage, which despite the major contribution of women to the revolution was granted only in 1953.
CHOICE
Through nine impressively crafted essays, the authors investigate numerous and various ways women shaped revolutionary activism in Mexico from 1910 to 1953….Through innovative investigations of temperance workers, teachers, prostitutes, urban elite women, female military veterans, and other women, this important book reveals how the revolution created new opportunities for women to become social actors while broadening their contributions in areas traditionally reserved for women. The essays reveal that as the government expanded its role in people's lives, crossing into sectors previously regarded as "the women's sphere," women became more influential in crafting the revolutionary agenda. An important consequence of the book is the recognition that additional critical investigations of women will reshape contemporary interpretations of the revolution. Such an expanded analysis has had other significant results, including a broader interpretation of feminism in Mexico, the ways gender roles are considered and evaluated, and how women's history in Mexico might be more expansively studied. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. Dec 2007
Spring 2008 Signs: Journal of Women In Culture & Society
The Women's Revolution in Mexico, 1910-1953 takes a fresh look at the effects and significant changes brought by the armed struggle and subsequent state reorganization to the lives of women and gender relations in Mexico, culminating in women's hard-fought right to vote, which was finally acquired in 1953.
International Review Of Social History
The topics range from the struggle by seven women for acknowledgement as 'Veteran of the Revolution', to the fight for women's suffrage, which despite the major contribution of women to the revolution was granted only in 1953.
February 2008 Latin American Studies
The essas in this volume cohere remarkably well....Highly suited for course adoption, and should be of interest to scholars ofmodern Mexican history....The inventive use of a rich array of primary sources by almost all of the authors distinguishes this collection as a solis emirical contribution to the study of the diversity of women's experiences in post revolutionary Mexico.
Donna Guy
This fascinating collection of essays puts women's history at the forefront of the Mexican Revolution and identifies women's complex political participation. This volume should encourage a debate about how revolutionary ideology in Mexico placed women at the margins at the same time that mothers formed the core of Mexican modernity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742537316
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie E. Mitchell is director of the women's and gender studies program and assistant professor of history at Carthage College. Patience A. Schell is lecturer in Latin American cultural studies at the University of Manchester.

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Table of Contents

Introduction   Stephanie Mitchell     1
The Faces of Rebellion: From Revolutionaries to Veterans in Nationalist Mexico   Martha Eva Rocha     15
Primary Document: Letter Regarding the Political-Revolutionary Activities of Senora Guadalupe Narvaez Bautista     20
Educating the Mothers of the Nation: The Project of Revolutionary Education in Yucatan   Stephanie J. Smith     37
Primary Document: A Report from the Chief of the Revolutionary Office of Information and Propaganda (1915)     42
Challenging Legal and Gender Constraints in Mexico: Sofia Villa de Buentello's Criticism of Family Legislation, 1917-1927   Carmen Ramos Escandon     53
Primary Document: An Extract from Sofia Villa de Buentello's La mujer y la ley (Mexico, 1921)     62
The Meaning of the Women's Vote in Mexico, 1917-1953   Sarah A. Buck     73
Primary Document: A Letter from Margarita Robles de Mendoza to Plutarco Elias Calles     84
Of the Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families: The Union of Mexican Catholic Ladies in Revolutionary Mexico   Patience A. Schell     99
Primary Document: Of the High and Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families     105
Theater of Operations: Reform Politics and the Battle for Prostitutes' Redemption at Revolutionary Mexico City's Syphilis Hospital   Katherine Elaine Bliss     125
Primary Document: Hospital Morelos     141
"The Proletarian Women Will Make the Social Revolution": Female Participation in the Veracruz Rent Strike, 1922-1927   Andrew Grant Wood     151
Primary Document: Excerpts from "I, Woman in the Ideal"     157
Por la liberacion de la mujer: Women and the Anti-Alcohol Campaign   Stephanie Mitchell     165
Primary Document: Letter from Anti-alcohol and Anticlerical Committee of Nahuatzen, Michoacan to President Lazaro Cardenas     173
Improving Mothers: Poverty, the Family, and "Modern" Social Assistance in Mexico, 1937-1950   Nichole Sanders     187
Primary Document: Call to the Women of Mexico     194
Conclusion   Patience A. Schell     205
Bibliography and Suggested Further Reading     217
Index     225
About the Contributors     231
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