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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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First to Liberate Women’s Lib

Negotiating the Politics of Mediation during Balaguer’s Doce Años, 1966–1978

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The Paradox of Paternalism

Elizabeth S. Manley

University Press of Florida

Chapter 5 addresses the role of women in the formal politics of the twelve-year rule of Joaquín Balaguer (1966-1978). It looks specifically to the efforts of the all-women governors appointed by the leader in 1966 and follows their efforts through the period to serve as the “vehicles of conciliation” and mediators between local and national politics. It argues that these female governors used their leverage with the regime to obtain resources for their constituents and recognition for themselves but also engaged international activism to create networks of involved and politicized women. Finally, the chapter demonstrates how the regime ushered an unprecedented number of women into the political arena as purported agents of peace and conciliation even while it promoted a highly conservative, maternalist, and Cold War fear-mongering model of female participation.

Keywords:   women, Joaquín Balaguer, women governors, “vehicles of conciliation”, international activism, conservative, maternalist, Cold War, female participation

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