Empowering Women (Hardcover)

Land And Property Rights In Latin America (Pitt Latin American Series)

By Carmen Diana Deere, Magdalena Leon (Contributions by)

University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822941613, 512pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2001

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The expansion of married women’s property rights was a main achievement of the first wave of feminism in Latin America. As Carmen Diana Deeere and Magdalena Leon reveal, however, the disjuncture between rights and actual ownership remains vast. This is particularly true in rural areas, where the distribution of land between men and women is highly unequal. In their pioneering, twelve-country comparative study, the authors argue that property ownership is directly related to women’s bargaining power within the household and community, point out changes resulting from recent gender-progressive legislation, and identify additional areas for future reform, including inheritance rights of wives.

Praise For Empowering Women: Land And Property Rights In Latin America (Pitt Latin American Series)

“A brilliant multidisciplinary analysis of gender and property in Latin America, and the ways in which rural women are actively engaged in the contests over land rights. . . .belongs in every university library .”
—Hispanic American Historical Review