This book presents evidence of the evolution of the gender inequalities in Latin America during the twentieth century, using basic indicators of human development, namely education, health and the labour market. There are very few historical studies that centre on gender as the main analytical category in Latin America, so this book breaks new ground. Using case-studies from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay, the authors show that there is evidence of a correlation between economic growth and the decrease in gender inequality, but this process is also not linear. Although the activity rate of women was high at the beginning of the twentieth century, female participation in the labour market diminished, until the 1970s, when it began to increase dramatically. Since the 1970s, fertility reduction and education improvements and worsening labour market conditions are associated to the steadily increase of women participation in the labour market. By gauging the extent to which gender gaps in the formation of human capital, access to resources, quality of life and opportunities may have operated as a restriction on women’s capabilities and on economic growth in the region, this book demonstrates that Latin America has lagged behind in terms of gender equality.
Introduction, María Camou, Silvana Maubrigades and Rosemary Thorp; Historical patterns of gender inequality in Latin America: new evidence, María Camou; Women's age at first marriage in Latin America, Silvana Maubrigades; The gender order in Argentina in the 'oligarchic' period (1880-1930), Silvia Berger; Women´s wages and the gender gap during the period of import substituting industrialization in Chile, Nora Reyes; Male and female paid work, Chile 1930-1970: characteristics, trends and representations, Lorena Godoy; Gender trends in Colombia during the first half of the twentieth century: a demographic and an educational comparison, Loly Aylú Gaitán Guerrero and Daniel Gómez Abella; Women rising: dynamics of the education system and the labour market in Colombia, 1900-2000, María del Pilar López-Uribe and Diana Quintero Castellanos; Women’s labour force participation in Mexico during the twentieth century: childbearing and career decisions, Aurora Gómez Galvarriato and Lucía Madrigal; The evolution of the labour supply and gender differences in Uruguay 1991-2009, Alma Espino and Alina Machado; A gender inequality historical database for Latin America, Gastón Díaz
Wellbeing is a multidimensional and multidisciplinary concept which draws on insights from across the humanities and social sciences. This series approaches these issues from an explicitly gendered perspective. It explores the ways in which gender impacts on all aspects of women’s and men’s wellbeing. It examines the extent to which women and men have used their agency to gain access to a decent, equitable and sustainable quality of life; and it explores the ways in which economic and social policies have sustained and enhanced wellbeing for women and men, both now and in the past.