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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. You're using an out-of-date version of Internet Explorer. Log In Sign Up. Dissertation, UC Irvine, Corinne A. Antezana-Pernet, All rights reserved. Figure 15 Caffarena at Popular Front rally, Santiago, c. Steven Topik has been an inspiration to become a good teacher and a productive scholar. I would also like to express my gratitude for his efforts to make my writing less Germanic and more readable.
Karin Rosemblatt generously shared material with me and commented on chapters. I profited much from our conversations about Chilean history. Many heartfelt thanks to Liz Hutchison for her comments on the whole dissertation and for proof-reading it.
Many Chilean women activists generously gave of their time to talk to me; some of them dug up old photos and documents to show me. I would like to thank them all. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support of friends and family. In California, my thanks go to Betsy Bauman Martin, Alicia del Campo, Stephanie Reyes-Bell, and Conny Shadan Tanner and many others who have helped me to keep sane with sports, music, coffee or coke, depending on the weather and companionship.
I am grateful to friends and family from far away for having been patient with me, particularly during the last stages of dissertation writing. Moreover, MEMCh championed equal pay for equal work as well as minimum salaries for all workers. These radical feminist demands were framed in a mainstream progressive discourse that emphasized the need to improve the living conditions of women and children, particularly of the disadvantaged classes.
The social question had occupied Chileans already for a few decades previously even though the government had always been able to repress social upheavals. By the s, the oligarchy could not withstand anymore the challenges to its monopoly of political power. Upper-middle class lawyer Arturo Alessandri defeated the presidential candidate of the elites in the election, but he was unable to push his reform programs through Congress.