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Empowering Women: Land And Property Rights In Latin America
by Carmen Diana Deere
contributions by Magdalena Leon
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001
eISBN: 978-0-8229-7232-7 | Cloth: 978-0-8229-4161-3 | Paper: 978-0-8229-5767-6
Library of Congress Classification KG173.D44 2001
Dewey Decimal Classification 346.80432

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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.