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Argentina

  • By: Shirley Oakley Torres
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

In Argentina, the third Sunday of October is the Dia de la Madre (Mother's Day). Mother's Day is a special day because in this culture, mothers are elevated to a position of respect and admiration. In the past, mothers were relegated to stay home with children. However, Argentina's history of motherhood shows a remarkable trend in mothers leaving the traditional role in the private realm to secure political platforms in the public arena. The cultural norms of motherhood have changed, and motherhood has become a more modern institution, one in which holds the role of worker, politician and activist, and currently, president.

Argentina is the second-largest country in South America. The population is roughly 40 million, and an estimated 92 percent are Roman Catholics. Approximately two ...

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