368 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 28 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6152-0
Published: August 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4969-6
Published: March 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4970-2
Published: February 2019
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Awards & distinctions
2020 Luciano Tomassini Book Award, Latin American Studies Association
2020 Barbara "Penny" Kanner Award, Western Association of Women Historians
Honorable Mention, 2020 Frances Richardson Keller-Sierra Prize, Western Association of Women Historians
Honorable Mention, 2020 Mary Nickliss Prize, Organization of American Historians
Shortlisted, 2019 Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America
Marino's multinational and multilingual research yields a new narrative for the creation of global feminism. The leading women introduced here were forerunners in understanding the power relations at the heart of international affairs. Their drive to enshrine fundamental rights for women, children, and all people of the world stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when global thinking meets local action.
About the Author
Katherine M. Marino is assistant professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles.
For more information about Katherine M. Marino, visit the Author Page.
"Would make a welcome addition to courses on feminist theory and women's roles in the Americas, and it should encourage scholars to dig deeper into the lives and works of feminists who were on the frontlines without necessarily publishing books or articles about feminism."--Library Journal, starred review
“In this valuable contribution to the historiography of social movements in the Americas, Marino chronicles the impact of the women’s movement of leaders from six countries--Uruguay, Brazil, Panama, Cuba, the US, and Chile--in the interwar years . . . Marino successfully demonstrates that this was a vital period in Pan-American relations.”--Choice Reviews
“A brilliant and ambitious new account of the origins of global feminism . . . . Feminism for the Americas reconstructs a radical, transnational, and influential movement for women’s equality and social justice.”--International Feminist Journal of Politics
“Marino’s historical analysis is timely and necessary, for it renders accessible this neglected arena of the complex struggle for women’s rights in the Western Hemisphere.”--Latino Book Review
“As Marino exposes her subjects’ passionate advocacy and agonizing decisions over political strategy from their personal correspondence and conference minutes, the threads from this extraordinary breadth of primary sources are woven into a seamless story. . . .Feminism for the Americas creates a road map for decades of future research.”--H-Net Reviews
"This book supersedes all previous treatments of Pan-American feminism between the 1920s and the 1950s as well as those of the international work of the National Woman's Party of the United States. It will also force critical revisions in understanding how human rights and women’s rights were articulated in the United Nations Charter. Marino's stupendous research on two continents in three languages has uncovered and enabled her to write an entirely new portrayal of work for and against equal rights treaties by feminists of the Americas. She goes behind the scenes of international meetings and conferences to provide gripping and shrewd portraits of six leading women's lives and political evolution. We hear their voices; we feel we understand their emotions as well as their political stances; the narrative advances dramatically as personalities and politics alternately converge and conflict. This is the most convincing case I have ever seen for decentering the United States in histories of transnational or international work, in order to tell the full story."--Nancy F. Cott, author of Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
Multimedia & Links
Marino talks to Lilian Calles Barger for the New Books Network podcast. (6/24/2019, running time 54:22)