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Bourgeois women in the early twentieth-century Dominican national discourse

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Author(s): Teresita Martínez Vergne

Journal: New West Indian Guide
ISSN 1382-2373

Volume: 75;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 65;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: DR Political History | DR Womens History | DR Social History

ABSTRACT
Argues that in the early 20th c. a male elite in the Dominican Republic, in formulating a national project toward modernization and economic progress, projected on upper- and middle-class women prescribed roles as subordinate to men. She argues that working-class women were totally seen as unimportant to nation building. She describes how in different writings of the time bourgeois women were depicted as incapable to contribute to the desired progress independently, i.e. other than serving men.
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