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date: 19 September 2019

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This article discusses the way that gender forms civil society, particularly in the context of Latin America and the United States. It begins with a study of the history and development of the definition of civil society and its implications for women and gender. The next section discusses women’s historical and modern presence in civil society and considers whether civil society operates practically and conceptually as an autonomous sphere. The article also explores civil society’s ability to empower women and reproduce gendered norms of equality.

Keywords: civil society, presence of women, women empowerment, norms of equality

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