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Emergence of the modern Mexican woman : her participation in revolution and struggle for equality, 1910-1940
Soto, Shirlene Ann.
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Denver, Colo. : Arden Press, 1990.
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199 pages ; 23 cm.

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Soto (Chicano studies, Cal. State U., Northridge) examines women's participation in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1940) and the Mexican women's rights movement during the same period. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Published by Arden Press, PO Box 418, Denver CO 80201. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In this well-researched addition to English-language studies of Latin American women, Soto examines Mexican women's continual efforts to gain political, social, and economic equality. She explores their attempts at industrial unionization and their extensive and varied roles in the Revolution. Soto focuses especially on the pioneering work of the Yucatecan Ligas Feministas in raising women's political consciousness. Under the leadership of Elvia Carrillo Puerto and her brother, the state's governor, Yucatan led the fight for women's rights in general and their enfranchisement in particular. Despite the insistence of all Mexican feminists that, as citizens, women deserved equal political rights, the national government delayed granting their demands until 1953. Foremost among the justifications offered was the fear that women were so fanatically religious, as illustrated by their involvement in the Cristero Revolt, that the church would completely control their vote. Soto expands beyond narrow political limits, however, to provide enlightening pictures of the individual women involved and to lament the lack of recognition accorded them. The excellent bibliography makes this a valuble tool for students and faculty alike. K. M. Butler Colgate University