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Department
History
Course Code
HIST 1F96
Professor
Tami Friedman

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Monday, March 5, 2012
Women’s Way Forward in Latin America
Women’s rights: a contradictory legacy
Maternalism
Racism/nativism
Many advocates of white suffrage support women
Asian Canadians could not vote till 1940’s
African Americans in the US south could not vote until 1960 as a
result of the civil rights movement and women getting the power to
vote, did not mean that African American women were about to
vote as well
Sexual mortality
It was extremely difficult for women to promote things because
women who had sex were considered to be disloyal
Lessons that we can take from this: women actually achieved a lot
without having the right to vote, its possible for women to make
advances
Having the right to vote did not translate into progress for women,
just because they could vote did not mean that they could have
birth control
Challenges from without
Challenges have persisted with birth control. Today it is not illegal
and they are trying to make it free to all women to use by being
covered by insurance companies
Economic Crisis and social unrest in the 1930’s
The great depression: what happened?
Goal: wanted state to step in and assist people who were suffering,
when it wasn’t available they stepped in themselves
Many were fighting for social justice... but were worried about
containing and controlling
Lasted until 1939 when world war 2 began
What triggered it? Speculators borrowing money to invest in the
stock market, ultimately they created a stock bubble that burst and
prices fell. They invested heavily in stock market and lost lots of
money when it crashed. They could not collect on loans that they
had made; Germany stopped paying which made everyone else
stop paying.
US economy in 20’s was based on production of consumer goods
but distribution of wealth in the consumer economy was too
uneven to support mass production of goods. Company produced
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