Katherine M. Marino is an assistant professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching explore histories of women, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. and Latin America; human rights; and transnational feminism. She is the author of Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement (2019), which is based on her dissertation that won the OAH Lerner-Scott Prize for the best dissertation in U.S. women's history. Her book won the 2020 Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association, and she is the recipient of the 2020 Bertha Lutz Prize from the International Studies Association (co-winner) for writing on women in diplomacy. Her work has received support from national organizations, including the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences where she was a Visiting Scholar. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Women's History, Gender & History, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, as well as in popular media outlets, including the Washington Post.
This lecture explores Pan-American feminism, a movement that united activists from the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean over the first half of the twentieth century. This movement helped achieve women's suffrage, as well as women's civil, social, and economic rights, throughout the Americas. It also pioneered international standards in women's rights that laid the direct groundwork for international human rights in the 1930s and 40s. The talk explores some of the key figures who drove Pan-American feminism from Brazil, Cuba, Panama, Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, and the United States. It explains how Latin American feminists' work against U.S. imperialism profoundly shaped the movement and helped lead to its most significant accomplishments.