26. Women, Gender, and Family in Latin America, 1820–2000

  1. Thomas H. Holloway Professor of History President Executive Secretary of CLAH
  1. Nara Milanich Assistant Professor

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch26

A Companion to Latin American History

A Companion to Latin American History

How to Cite

Milanich, N. (2010) Women, Gender, and Family in Latin America, 1820–2000, in A Companion to Latin American History (ed T. H. Holloway), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444391633.ch26

Editor Information

  1. University of California at Davis, USA

Author Information

  1. Barnard College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131612

Online ISBN: 9781444391633



  • women, gender and family in Latin America, 1820–2000;
  • history of women and gender - dynamic fields of Latin American history;
  • intellectual and political commitments - of women's history, women's roles and experiences;
  • legal codification, implying a deterioration of women's position;
  • women, the poor ones - active litigants in domestic disputes in nineteenth-century courts;
  • gendered struggles, in nineteenth-century courts - not just men and women but also nascent states as contenders;
  • gender and capitalism - in the nineteenth century;
  • female headship, important consequences - for practice of patriarchy;
  • women organizing - from beneficence to feminisms;
  • Madres of the Plaza de Mayo, in response to human-rights violations - of the Argentine dictatorship


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Men, Women, and Families in the New Republics

  • Gender and Capitalism in the Nineteenth Century

  • Gender, Modernity, and Civilization in the Twentieth Century

  • Women Organizing: From Bene. cence to Feminisms

  • Gender, Revolutions, and Reactions

  • Gender at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century: Liberalism Redux

  • bibliography