Emancipating the female sex : the struggle for women's rights in Brazil, 1850-1940 /

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Main Author: Hahner, June Edith, 1940-
Format: Book
Published:Durham : Duke University Press, 1990.
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The best and most complete study of its subject to appear. Hahner, a major authority on Latin American women's history, has marshaled a broad and far-ranging collection of sources spanning several academic disciplines. These sources include virtually all of the major Brazilian archives, interviews with leading feminists, a wealth of printed materials, documents, and scholarly research from several countries. The book is handsomely illustrated and nicely printed. It starts with a useful overview of women in 19th-century Brazil, a time when an even greater gulf separated rich and poor and when society severely restricted opportunities for women. Hahner treats the incipient women's rights movement; the quest for education, employment, and suffrage; and concludes with an invaluable epilogue, "Fifty Years Later," on the 1980s. A valuable and indispensable contribution appropriate for libraries at all levels. R. M. Levine University of Miami

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