Feminism and Feminisms: Puerto Rican Feminism

Acosta-Belén, Edna
January 1998
Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History;1998, p216
Book Chapter
The article focuses on Puerto Rican feminism. In Puerto Rico during the second half of the nineteenth century an agenda for progress and nation building addressed the status of the rural population, including women, among whom illiteracy was common. Educated women also began to play a more visible and assertive role in Puerto Rican politics. Organizations such as the Puerto Rican Feminine League and the Puerto Rican Association of Women Suffragists, founded in 1917 and 1925 respectively, played a leading role in improving women's education and obtaining the right to vote. One of the most extraordinary women labor leaders of the first decades of the twentieth century was Luisa Capetillo (1880-1922), a socialist labor organizer and a writer who argued on behalf of equal rights for women, free love, and human emancipation.


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