April 5, 2011
Roles of Women in Latin America vs. Western Europe from 1750- 1914
Women of Latin America were far more influential than those of Western Europe before the European period of conquest from the 1500’s until 1750. However, the time from 1750 to 1914 was a revolutionary period in Latin America, Western Europe, and throughout the rest of the world. Not only so, but it was during this time that the ideas of industrialism, imperialism, democracy, capitalism, and nationalism developed and grew. Therefore, due to the various revolutions and arising social and political conflicts and innovations, women played and increasingly larger role throughout the world. Though traditional subordination of women still existed in Western Europe, Latin American societies were less socially restrictive. However, women of Western Europe enjoyed more political rights than those of Latin America.
In both Latin America and Western Europe, political and social revolutions of a dramatic scale developed and grew throughout the countries. Amongst the most prominent of these revolutions were the Haitian Rebellion in Latin America and the French Revolution in Europe. The Haitian Rebellion was led by a former slave and targeted against imperialism. Though slaves led the revolt, women were not widely included. However, it is certain that women did contribute to the cause behind the scenes by either slightly fighting or supporting the rebellion, which ultimately failed. Throughout most of the 1750s until 1914, most of Latin America was dominated by imperial rule which divided it into various colonies or separate spheres of influence. Within the colonies, women, especially those of elite status, were treated entirely subordinate to the men of the household. In contrast, women of lower classes had to work but they strictly kept to working in their homes weaving baskets or tending the fields.
In contrast to the Haitian Revolution of Latin...