Karen Kampwirth

Karen Kampwirth is an associate professor of political science and chair of the Latin American studies program at Knox College. She is the author of Women and Guerrilla Movements: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas, Cuba and coeditor, with Victoria Gonzalez, of Radical Women in Latin America: Left and Right. Her current research is on international organizing against feminism.

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Feminism and the Legacy of Revolution · Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas
By Karen Kampwirth

In many Latin American countries, guerrilla struggle and feminism have been linked in surprising ways. Women were mobilized by the thousands to promote revolutionary agendas that had little to do with increasing gender equality. They ended up creating a uniquely Latin American version of feminism that combined revolutionary goals of economic equality and social justice with typically feminist aims of equality, nonviolence, and reproductive rights.

“Perhaps no social movement, in theory at least, is as revolutionary as feminism, for the world it seeks to turn upside down is that most intimate world, the world of daily life and the home.”

Feminism and the Legacy of Revolution