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Women's legal status and role choices in six Latin American societies : a cross-cultural, longitudinal analysis (1950-70) and a single-case update (1980)

Author: Ilse A Leitinger
Publisher: East Lansing : Office of WID, Michigan State University, ©1985.
Series: Working paper (Michigan State University. Office of Women in International Development), #91.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On the assumption that the laws of a society represent norms which govern the behavior of its members, this study analyzes the relationship between the legal status of women in six Latin American societies (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico) and women's participation in public and domestic roles, as well as changes in this relationship from 1950 to 1970. The Legal Status Score for women  Read more...
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Leitinger, Ilse A.
Women's legal status and role choices in six Latin American societies.
East Lansing : Office of WID, Michigan State University, ©1985
(OCoLC)1013833090
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ilse A Leitinger
OCLC Number: 12967949
Description: 55 pages ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Working paper (Michigan State University. Office of Women in International Development), #91.
Responsibility: by Ilse A. Leitinger.

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On the assumption that the laws of a society represent norms which govern the behavior of its members, this study analyzes the relationship between the legal status of women in six Latin American societies (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico) and women's participation in public and domestic roles, as well as changes in this relationship from 1950 to 1970. The Legal Status Score for women which sums 21 legal criteria serves to assess the legal status of women for each decade. Data on female participation in the labor force, education, family maintenance, and procreation document women's participation in the public and domestic domain. Based on these data, the study explores the hypothesis that the Legal Status Score for Women is positively related to women's participation in public roles and negatively to their participation in domestic roles. It examines the relative importance of different components within the Legal Status Score, as well as discrepancies between the cross-cultural and longitudinal analysis. An update to 1980 for Costa Rica suggests that a "revolution of rising expectations" for legal equality is taking place which future analyses of women's legal position will have to take into account.

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