"Worthy wives and mothers:" State-sponsored women's organizing in postrevolutionary Mexico


Journal Article

During the mid-1930s, as the postrevolutionary Mexican government embarked on its modernization project, women mobilized for rights ranging from suffrage to religious freedom. In an effort to control and direct women's organizing energies, the regime established a network of official women's leagues, which policymakers hoped would attract women away from both left- and right-wing movements. Although these leagues sought to circumscribe women's activism, they also created an organizing infrastructure that women instrumentalized. This article examines women's leagues as both an explicitly gendered instance of state formation and a historical case study in women's organizing. © 2002 Journal of Women's History.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Olcott, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 106 - 131

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-2036

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1042-7961

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1353/jowh.2002.0011

Citation Source

  • Scopus