3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
New Directions in Gender and U.S. Imperialism
The Transnationality of Women’s Movements: The Inter American Commission of Women and Its Caribbean Partners
Neici Zeller, William Paterson University
This paper studies the relations between the IACW and feminist women’s groups in Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico between 1932 and 1942. These feminists welcomed the international linkages to enhance their status in their home countries. However, seemingly liberal U.S. women’s groups often legitimized undemocratic practices in these Caribbean countries through support to feminist organizations with ties to dictatorial governments. This attitude promoted a transnational identity based on class and political bent, rather than gender concerns. The paper will also illustrate how these groups defended their right to contribute to international diplomacy and foreign policy from a non-state position.
Commentator: Augusto Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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