Week Ten: Power to the People

Women’s achievements in history tend to be hidden and only comes to light many years later. Maria Eva Duarte de Perón was a powerful figure in Argentina who’s accomplishment had won the hearts of the working class. She founded the FEP where multiple contributions were distributed to the people such as new hospitals, schools, supplies and other important social programs. Perón was an inspiration and idol for young women showcasing how much potential they carry.

Regardless of her great attributions, she was still slandered in high society as a way to diminish her legacy. She was referred to as prostitute and people found malice in any actions she implemented. Eva failed to meet the standard of an Argentine elite due her voice in politics and the public. She wasn’t the typical woman. In her speech, Eva mentions “I was never interested in deceit or slander when they unleashed their tongues against a frail Argentine woman. On the contrary, it made me happy inside, because I served my people and my General”. Despite the cruel comments and behaviour, it didn’t falter Perón but pushed her harder to fight for the people suffering.

While reading this week’s lecture, I saw a strong individual who went against society and gave a voice to the unheard. She was unapologetic, fierce and selfless. Something a lot of politicians lacked in character. However, I noticed how much of a difficult journey Perón endured. She was constantly belittled and wasn’t given the recognition she deserved in government. Despite all she had done, some still viewed her as the President’s wife. I really admired how she said she would rather be known as Evita. She remained humble throughout her speech and had given her husband acknowledgement for most of her doings. The people still stood with Eva and saw all she had done on her own.The legacy and influence of Eva Perón was mighty.

Discussion Question:

After reading this week’s lecture, what issues did woman in politics endure during that time? How has it improved or worsened now?

If Eva Perón had become Vice President, how do you think that would’ve shaped Argentina?

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  1. Hi!
    I think women were constantly belittled and discouraged to state or even have opinions on politics. Although the situations for women in politics may have improved in recent years, like the first female VP being elected in the US, women still face many struggles such as bigotry, belittlement, and sexism when holding a high position in politics. If Eva had become Vice President, Peronism probably would not have had such a long-lasting effect. Of course, her death was tragic but I think her death as “Evita” and not as “Vice President” at a young age plays a key role in the prolonged popularity of the Peróns.

  2. Hi simian,

    Woman as a gender have always been put down, especially when power is in play. Evita was attacked for the fact that she was a woman, regardless if she would have did amazing as the Vice President people would still undermine her. Men would still comment on her body and the way she dressed, that is just hoe it was. Today we have improved from that but woman in politics is still very low. We have come far but there is so much more that needs and could be done.

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