First Advisor

Leopoldo Rodriguez

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: Global Studies and University Honors


International and Global Studies




Feminism -- Argentina, Motherhood – Argentina, Madres de Plaza de Mayo (Association) – Influence, Ni Una Menos (Organization) -- Influence




This thesis aims to explore the development of Argentine feminism between the Madres Plaza de Mayo and Ni Una Menos movements. This study will examine the extent to which the Madres have established a permanent human rights framework that provides a structure for contemporary movements in Argentina. First, the socio-cultural and economic conditions in which the Madres emerged are dissected, including the results of Peronism and Eva Perón's influences on Argentine culture as explored through a feminist lens. Next, the tactics used by the Madres to subvert patriarchy and instead use oppression to their advantage are analyzed through their conceptions and expressions of motherhood which previously constricted women but were revoked to instead advance their positions. Finally, the similarities between the movements are presented to emphasize their common roots and goals. Their shared strategies signal the existence of a decade-long effort and struggle to ensure bodily autonomy for all. This work strives to provide insight into feminist development and to underline the benefits of understanding Argentine feminism as a legitimate model to follow.


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