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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Empowering Women

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Carmen Diana Deere, Magdalena LeonProfessor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, National University of Columbia, USA

ISBN13: 9780822941613
ISBN: 0822941619
Published: September 2001
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £39.95



The expansion of married women's property rights was a main achievement of the first wave of feminism in Latin America. As Carmen Diana Deere 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.

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