Women's Suffrage In Latin America

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Women’s’ Suffrage in Latin America (1900-1945)
Women in Latin America were viewed as the stereotypical housewives, as their only duty was to take care of their household and children. Their purpose in life was to direct man on the path of virtue and purify his soul with love. Latin men viewed women as the weaker sex. This was all due to the effect of Spanish colonialism of how men viewed women in Latin America. Under the Catholic Church rule, women had to be pure and accept the life that was chosen and given to them just like the Virgin Mary . Women were expected to be good wives and mothers, which typically includes self-sacrifice and putting one’s family and its survival above all else . Also, not only did Spanish colonialism influence the
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Due to the harsh society in Latin America, women did not get the chance to have better education. This was due to men not taking women seriously, which goes back to the idea of male dominance on females. Moreover, women in Latin America did not pursue their education since they doubted themselves due to idea that they were the “weaker sex”. The social inequality was also caused low female literacy rates in Latin America . In addition, due to their duties to their households and families, it did not give them the time and the chance to pursue their education further. However, due the American and European influence, it changed the thought of what should women do that the society drawn, as they became more aware of the right to have a better education, which helped to create the suffragette movements. According to Murray, the feminism movement in the early 20th century sought to ensure women’s access to higher education and professional employment (p.119). The movement called for changes and improvements in female education, where they would have better schooling higher than secondary education. For instance, in Chile, Mexico and Argentina, new national systems of normal schools and institution had begun to admit young women (Murray, p.120). This led later to women having a better education and better job occupations in Latin America. The Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos, received her education due to the suffragette…show more content…
They suffered from the beginning of the 20th century; as they did not have the chance to voice their thought and opinion in their crucial life matter such as education, work occupation and political matters. They were derived from their basic needs. However, this did not last in Latin America due to the women suffrage movement in Europe and the United States that influenced the women in Latin America to get their rights. Women were slowly given their rights. . Even after half way of the 20th century, they still continued to fight for their rights. The 20th century was revolutionary to women in Latin America as women witnessed significant changes such as how they were viewed and
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