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Through nine impressively crafted essays, the authors investigate numerous and various ways women shaped revolutionary activism in Mexico from 1910 to 1953. By stimulating the debate about women's roles in the revolution and the period that followed, these essays move women beyond the narrow, traditional stereotypes; instead, they demonstrate how women influenced this dynamic period of revolutionary change. Through innovative investigations of temperance workers, teachers, prostitutes, urban elite women, female military veterans, and other women, this important book reveals how the revolution created new opportunities for women to become social actors while broadening their contributions in areas traditionally reserved for women. The essays reveal that as the government expanded its role in people's lives, crossing into sectors previously regarded as "the women's sphere," women became more influential in crafting the revolutionary agenda. An important consequence of the book is the recognition that additional critical investigations of women will reshape contemporary interpretations of the revolution. Such an expanded analysis has had other significant results, including a broader interpretation of feminism in Mexico, the ways gender roles are considered and evaluated, and how women's history in Mexico might be more expansively studied. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. J. B. Kirkwood University of Evansville
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