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Women in War: The Case of El Salvador

Please join us and our colleagues from the Center for the Study of Women in Society for this free public presentation on Women in War by Dr. Jocelyn Viterna of Harvard University! May 15 at 3:30 in Lawrence 166. See poster for additional details.

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Waging war has historically been an almost exclusively male endeavor. Yet over the past several decades, women have joined insurgent armies in significant and surprising numbers. Why do women become guerrilla insurgents? What experiences do they have in guerrilla armies? What are the consequences of this participation for the women themselves and the societies in which they live?

Jocelyn Viterna, an associate professor of sociology at Harvard University, answers these questions while providing a rare look at guerrilla life from the viewpoint of rank-and-file participants. Using data from 230 in-depth interviews with men and women guerrillas, guerrilla supporters, and non-participants in rural El Salvador, she investigates why some women were able to channel their wartime actions in post-war gains, and how those patterns differ from the benefits that accrued to men. Her book, Women in War: The Case of El Salvador, is now available from Oxford University Press.

Sponsored by the Américas Research Interest Group, Center for the Study of Women in Society. The Américas RIG seeks to strengthen the work of, and foster connections among, scholars across a wide variety of disciplines that are interested in issues of gender, sexuality, and feminism in the Americas.