The Women’s Suffrage Movement and Feminism in Argentina from by Gregory Hammond
By Gregory Hammond
On September 23, 1947, the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires jam-packed with jubilant women and men celebrating a brand new legislations that gave girls an analogous correct as males to vote in all elections. President Juan Domingo Perón had accomplished a tremendous victory for his regime. within the years that undefined, Perón, with the aid of his spouse, Evita, courted girl electorate and created possibilities for them to take part in his broad-based political coalition. although, the suffrage legislation generated enormous controversy, together with from supporters of the circulate. Harsh feedback got here from the Left, in particular from the Socialist celebration, the earliest recommend of women's suffrage in Argentina. additionally, feminists who had performed quite a bit to construct the case in desire of vote casting vehemently adversarial the reform, viewing the Peronist suffrage plan as a cynical try and enhance Evita's political profession.
Providing an outline of the women's suffrage circulation from its earliest levels in the course of the passage of the 1947 legislation, this examine examines what Argentina's background can let us know concerning the second whilst a society is of the same opinion to the equivalent participation of ladies within the political realm.
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The CNM also became a forum for the discussion of foreign affairs. ”62 This latter issue reflected one of the first issues to truly unite feminists—public health. Figure 3 Alvina Van Praet de Sala, 1904. Photo courtesy of Archivo General de la Nación. Several women’s health groups existed before the foundation of the CNM and joined that organization in support of its goals. Some of these organizations aimed to combat a particular illness. The Sociedad de Madres Argentinas, for example, organized in 1897 “in order to protect poor children from diphtheria” through education and the distribution of medicines.
In clinging to this belief in the relationship between progress and women’s education, both feminists and educators in Argentina looked to Europe and the United States as a model. Once again, Sarmiento set the precedent for this attitude. In his study of education, he highlighted a school near Boston that, in addition to the “ordinary” courses, taught women algebra, chemistry, anatomy, and botany. 23 Years later, feminists continued to praise the seriousness and dedication of women in the English-speaking world.
Feminists determined to wield that influence to the benefit of women in Argentina. Just as feminists looked to the vote as a means for women to improve society, they 24 chap ter one looked to education as a means to make women fit for the full rights of citizenship. As educational opportunities for women expanded, so too did the potential for women to become a political force in Argentina. Feminists worked constantly to reinforce the argument that women’s education not only needed to be improved, but deserved to be improved.