chapter  4
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The role of women in the resistance to political authoritarianism in Latin America and South Asia

ByRohini Hensman

In the mid-1990s, thanks to the work of feminist historians who have painstakingly excavated the evidence buried by a male-biased view of history, it would be hard to deny that women have played a significant role in resistance struggles and national liberation movements. What I want to argue here, however, is a stronger position: namely, that in the countries considered, women have in specific conjunctures played a crucial or leading role in the resistance to political authoritarianism, an autonomous role independent of male leadership. The purpose is not to make a very detailed examination of the situations under consideration but, rather, to discuss some of the theoretical questions raised by the nature of women’s political intervention.