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Feminism and the Puerto Rican Independence Movement since the 1950s. From Unrequited Love to a Matching Pair?

Abstract : This analysis explores the evolution of the relationship between feminism and the Puerto Rican independence up to today, with the Nationalist Revolts of 1950s as a starting date. As a “unincorporated territory” of the United States, Puerto Rico’s political status today remains ambiguous, as it has been the case for centuries of life under a colonial system. As a result, the pro-independence/nationalist movement on the island has always been a force to be reckoned with, and women have been eager participants in the struggle for the liberation of the nation. My research explores on the one hand, the involvement of women within the separatist organizations (mainly here the Nationalist Party, the Young Lords Party, and the Puerto Rican Independence Party) and the extent to which they have had access to leadership positions within these organizations, and on the other hand, the place that the independence movement gave to the issue of women’s rights among their demands for complete sovereignty. This place logically grew in importance over the decades, along with society’s increasing care for women’s rights. Thus, it goes from an almost non-existent attention given to women’s rights issues during the time of the Nationalist Party to a portion of the 2016 PIP program exclusively dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights. A final question naturally arises from the main topic of this analysis: do feminism and nationalism necessarily have conflicting interests? Their relationship is certainly tumultuous, but I contend that a feminist nationalism is possible in the Puerto Rican context, as long as it implies a more modern reconceptualization of nationalism.
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Camille Le Pioufle. Feminism and the Puerto Rican Independence Movement since the 1950s. From Unrequited Love to a Matching Pair?. Linguistics. 2019. ⟨dumas-02172215⟩

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