In "Feminisms & LIberations in Our America," an essay in the collection, Gargalla argues that all Latin American women are marginalized by poverty but also by "the elitism of the minuscule groups of female intellectuals in the Women's Movement who have absolutely no political influence."
On the other hand, Saporta Sternbach argues that Latin American feminism, the social movement (not political organization), emerged through clandestine class resistance to the military regimes of the 1970s. She argues that Latin American feminism is unique in its praxis and organization of women: "Latin American feminists not only challenged patriarchy but also joined forces with other opposition currents in denouncing social and political opression. They broke with the Left as far as organization is concerned due to sexist practice, but remained Left politically and ideologically. In a supposedly "postfeminist" era, Latin American feminisms are clearly a powerful, vibrant, energetic, creative, and exuberant political force. European and North American feminism can learn from Latin America by mobilizing its own grassroots women's movement using the strategies of both radical and socialist feminism."
-Catherine Davies writing on Gargalla in A Place in the Sun?