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Exploring Gender in Latin America

- In what way were Latin American gender roles and political equality related in precolonial times?

- How did sociopolitical institutions affect Latin American gender constructions in the colonial period?

- What effects have modern revolutionary conflicts had on traditional Latin American gender systems?

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In what way were Latin American gender roles and political equality related in precolonial times?

In pre-colonial times in Latin America, gender roles and political equality were closely related. As in most early civilizations around the world roles were strictly separated. Men had traditional responsibilities like making war, hunting and governing the tribe while women had responsibilities such as caring for animals and crops, making food and caring for children. Women typically had little influence in tribal councils or political decision making in the tribe. There were some exceptions in matriarchal societies where women actually dominated these discussions but these were definitely the exception. Therefore gender and political equality were not an issue or a source of much conflict in pre-colonial Latin America. Survival was essential and the tribes would focus on survival and growth rather than issues such as gender and political equality.

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This post explores gender in Latin America in precolonial, colonial and contemporary times. Equality in politics, culture and institutions is examined. Over 600 words of original text along with links to sources used.

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