Women, Gender, and the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party

  • Margaret Power


This chapter explores how Puerto Rican women members of the Nationalist Party conceived their roles in the struggle against US colonial rule from the 1930s through the 1950s. It examines how these women understood nationalism, why they sought to secure national sovereignty, and what actions they engaged in. Far from considering nationalism a male endeavor, they enthusiastically entered and even led the struggle for national independence. Most literature on nationalism draws on men’s words and visions of the nation and, as a result, overlooks women’s participation in national liberation struggles or relegates them to a secondary position, at best. This chapter explores Nationalist Party women’s words, thoughts, and actions to determine their perspective on their roles in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.


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  • Margaret Power
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  1. 1.Illinois TechDepartment of HumanitiesChicagoUSA

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