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The Paradox of PaternalismWomen and the Politics of Authoritarianism in the Dominican Republic$
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Elizabeth S. Manley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054292

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054292.001.0001

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Defending the Home against the Chaos of Communism

Defending the Home against the Chaos of Communism

Women, Regime Politics, and the Cold War, 1942–1961

(p.61) 2 Defending the Home against the Chaos of Communism
The Paradox of Paternalism

Elizabeth S. Manley

University Press of Florida

Chapter 2 charts the activism of the cadre of elite Dominican women from the granting of suffrage through the end of the Trujillo dictatorship, examines their national and international efforts, and addresses the shifts of feminine leadership that began after suffrage given the difficult compromises confronted under the harsh rules of dictatorship. On the one hand women continued their activism within the inter-American arena, while on the other they worked to create new clubs and groups that linked the international component with the local rhetoric of democratization and anti-communism. The chapter argues that female participation continued to be central to the functioning of the regime’s international reputation and domestic welfare programs, but that this same involvement would also serve as a catalyst for many other women to challenge the deployment of this maternalist vision and subsequently join the resistance movement.

Keywords:   activism, Dominican women, feminine leadership, dictatorship, inter-American arena, international component, democratization, anti-communism, maternalist vision, resistance movement

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