Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-3731-6 • Paperback • December 2006 • $50.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-4616-4610-5 • eBook • December 2006 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
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.
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 Chapter 1: The Faces of Rebellion: From Revolutionaries to Veterans in Nationalist Mexico
Chapter 3 Primary document: Letter Regarding the Political-Revolutionary Activities of Señora Guadalupe Narvaez Bautista
Part 4 Chapter 2: Educating the Mothers of the Nation: The Project of Revolutionary Education in Yucatán
Chapter 5 Primary document: A report from the Chief of the Revolutionary Office of Information and Propaganda (1915)
Part 6 Chapter 3: Challenging Legal and Gender Constraints: Sofía Villa's Criticism of Family Legislation, 1917-1927
Chapter 7 Primary document: An Extract from Sofia Villa de Buentello's La mujer y la ley
Part 8 Chapter 4: The Meaning of the Women's Vote in Mexico: 1917-1953
Chapter 9 Primary document: A Letter From Margarita Robles de Mendoza to Plutarco Elías Calles
Part 10 Chapter 5: Of the Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families: The Union of Mexican Catholic Ladies in Revolutionary Mexico
Chapter 11 Primary document: On the High and Sublime Mission of Mothers of Families
Part 12 Chapter 6: Theatre of Operations: Reform Politics and the Battle for Prostitutes' Redemption at Revolutionary Mexico City's Syphilis Hospital
Chapter 13 Primary document: Hospital Morelos
Part 14 Chapter 7: "The Proletarian Women Will Make the Social Revolution:" Female Participation in the Veracruz Rent Strike, 1922-1927
Chapter 15 Primary document: Excerpts from, "I, Woman in the Ideal"
Part 16 Chapter 8: Por la liberación de la mujer: Women and the Anti-Alcohol Campaign
Chapter 17 Primary document: Letter from Antialcohol and Anticlerical Commottee of Nahuatzen, Michoacán to President Lázaro Cárdenas
Part 18 Chapter 9: Improving Mothers: Poverty, the Family, and "Modern" Social Assistance in Mexico, 1937-1950
Chapter 19 Primary document: Call to the Women of México
Part 20 Conclusion
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; Choice Reviews
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.
— Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Spring 2008
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.
— 2008; International Review Of Social History
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.
— Latin American Studies, February 2008
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.
— Donna Guy, The Ohio State University
·Brings cutting-edge scholarship on an important new area of research to the undergraduate reader
·The clear, non-technical style makes the writing accessible to a wide audience
·Helps students develop a sensitivity to the varieties of historical experience, especially questions of gender and class
·Primary documents follow each chapter, allowing instructors to design exercises that combine the use of secondary and primary source texts