From Femicide to Feminicidio

Latin American Contributions to Feminist Conceptual History

in Contributions to the History of Concepts
Camila Ordorica Ph.D. Student, University of Texas at Austin, USA

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Feminisms in the second half of the twentieth century were reshaped by the efforts to end violence against women. Feminist activists in national and international settings invented concepts to refer to previously unquestioned societal practices as oppressive to women and changed the world by naming them. In this article, I engage with the concepts of femicide/feminicidio (f/f): the murder of women for gender reasons. I follow the history of this concept and its incursion into the broader political and public sphere in Latin America. Focusing on the Mexican case, I show how the study of national feminist histories is relevant to the history of women's activism in the international arena. This article contributes to the history of concepts by showing the linguistic distinctions and connections of feminist concepts in different sociocultural environments. Overall, this research argues in favor of studying feminist concepts with Latin American perspectives to articulate the complexity of the world today.

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Camila Ordorica is a Ph.D. Student in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin. ORCID: 0000-0002-6027-0403 E-mail:

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