The expansion of married women’s property rights was a main achievement of the first wave of feminism in Latin America. As Carmen Diana Deeere and Magdalena Leon reveal, however, the disjuncture between rights and actual ownership remains vast. This is particularly true in rural areas, where the distribution of land between men and women is highly unequal. In their pioneering, twelve-country comparative study, the authors argue that property ownership is directly related to women’s bargaining power within the household and community, point out changes resulting from recent gender-progressive legislation, and identify additional areas for future reform, including inheritance rights of wives.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 423-478) and index.
The importance of gender and property — Gender, property rights, and citizenship — Gender exclusionary agrarian reform — Building blocks toward gender-progressive change — Engendering the neo-liberal counter-reforms — The struggle for women's land rights and increased ownership of land — In defense of community: struggles over individual and collective land rights — Inheritance of land in practice — Women property owners: land titling, inheritance, and the market — Land and property in a feminist agenda.
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