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Feminism for the AmericasThe Making of an International Human Rights Movement$
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Katherine M. Marino

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649696

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649696.001.0001

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Feminismo práctico

Feminismo práctico

(p.67) Chapter Three Feminismo práctico
Feminism for the Americas

Katherine M. Marino

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores coalitions that Latin American feminists forged in opposition to Doris Stevens. After the 1928 conference, Stevens became the chair of the Inter-American Commission of Women. Many Latin American feminists, including Clara Gonzoz (one of the first appointed to the Commission), Ofelia Dom쭧uez Navarro, and Paulina Luisi, found that Stevens’s commitments to anti-imperialism were thin, and that she ran the Commission unilaterally, excluding Latin American feminists’ countervailing ideas. Stevens controlled the Commission finances, participants, and agenda, which she focused exclusively on the Equal Rights and Equal Nationality treaties. Spanish-speaking feminists in turn forged stronger bonds with each other and promoted their own feminismo prࢴico, defined by solidarity around local struggles, anti-imperialism, and promotion of women’s social and economic rights. Dom쭧uez became a pivotal mouthpiece. Disillusioned with Stevens after the Commission’s 1930 meeting in Havana, Dom쭧uez became infuriated several years later when Stevens criticized her for not promoting women’s suffrage during the Cuban revolution against Machado. Dom쭧uez, who had been imprisoned by this dictatorship, penned a fiery response to Stevens and disseminated their correspondence throughout the region. This insurgency, and the friendships between Dom쭧uez, Gonzoz, Luisi, and others would be the seedbed for a Latin-American-led inter-American feminism.

Keywords:   Clara Gonzoz, Doris Stevens, Ofelia Dom쭧uez Navarro, Paulina Luisi, imperial feminism, Feminismo americano, Cuban Revolution, Equal Rights Treaty

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