"The largest changefor us in a qualitative one, to learn how to think of power in feminine terms, without resorting to masculine codes,"1 concludes a participant in "The Republic of Women," a year-long project aimed at raising consciousness around gender issues among women engaged in political and unionist activities in contemporary Argentina. Comments of a similar nature abound in the discussion sessions following the screening of Salt of the Earth, a 1953 American film about the plight of Mexican workers that helped the project's organizers foster a critical dialogue around gender constraints within different Argentinean organizations (Catton Alvarez and Alonso Davila 53). The female protagonist-Esperanza's on-screen transformation as she manages to make her "private" demands heard in the "public" sphere aids the women in the project to gain awareness about such constraints and imagine possible strategies for subverting them.

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Copyright © 2005 University of California Davis. This article first appeared in Brujula 4:1 (2005), 60-73.

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