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Whitman College

Publication Date

Fall 12-1-2014

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Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media


In Matagalpa one can see many spaces that are for and dominated by men. At any age there are a multitude of activities available to them. And where are the women? Most likely they are in the house. In a crucial period of growth young women are restricted: to the house, by responsibilities young men do not have, and by the limitations placed on them by society. This investigation exposes some limitations and obstacles young women in Matagalpa are up against. It focuses on women already involved in organized activities; a futsal soccer team, a ballet school and a Christian group. Considering the stories and struggles of the groups, this project discusses the similarities and differences of each. Within this discussion emerge themes that could be potential root causes of the realities for young women trying to be “outside of the house”.


Civic and Community Engagement | Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification | International and Area Studies | Latin American Studies | Women's Studies


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