Women's Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean
by Kathryn A. Sloan
August 2011, 226pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38108-9
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Latin American and Caribbean women played many key roles in the building of their nations and societies—not just in cultural aspects related to family and culture, but also in work, religion, law, politics, and war. Unfortunately, their contributions are not often recognized.

This book surveys Latin American and Caribbean women's contributions throughout history from conquest through the 20th century.

From the colonial period to the present day, women across the Caribbean and Latin America were an intrinsic part of the advancement of society and helped determine the course of history. Women’s Roles in Latin America and the Caribbean highlights their varied and important roles over five centuries of time, providing geographical breadth and ethnic diversity to the Women’s Roles through History series.

Women’s roles are the focus of all six chapters, covering themes that include religion, family, law, politics, culture, and labor. Each section provides specific examples of real-life women throughout history, providing readers with an overview of Latin American women’s history that pays special attention to continuity across regions and variances over time and geography.


  • Includes a timeline of women's history in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean
  • Provides a bibliography of suggested readings to promote further research
  • Presents a lengthy general introduction on women's roles in Latin America and the Caribbean
Kathryn A. Sloan is associate professor of history and the director of graduate studies at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Her published works include Runaway Daughters: Seduction, Elopement, and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Mexico and the article "Disobedient Daughters and the Liberal State: Generational Conflicts over Marriage Choice in Working-Class Families in Nineteenth-Century Oaxaca, Mexico" in The Americas.


"Sloan's work is an admirable overview of the field of women's history in Latin America. . . . [A]n excellent contribution to the history of women in Latin America."—The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History, April 1, 2014
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