Emma and I have many people to thank, not only for key moments of support,
encouragement, and guidance but also for the ongoing conversations that deep-
ened our commitment and brought us to new insights. We are first and foremost
indebted to the individuals and families in Ibiraiaras and Sananduva who wel-
comed us into their homes and meeting halls, responded to our many questions,
and shared in our excitement about writing a curriculum and book about the
mmtr. We interviewed many more people than are named in these pages, and we
are grateful for their patience and tenacity in sharing with us their reflections on
the women’s movement and twenty-five years of dramatic social change. Gessi
Bonês, Ivone Bonês, Ari Benedetti, Vania Zambone, Izanete Colla, Rosane Dal-
soglio, Vera Fracasso, Mônica Marchesini, Elenice Pastore, Neuza Pistore, Mar-
ilda Sauthier, Odete Toazza, and those in the women’s pharmacy in Ibiraiaras
turned repeatedly to examine the past and its meaning in the present. Their
openness to my daughter and me sustained this project from the beginning.
Olga Falcetto and Ovidio Waldemar opened their house and hearts to us in
Porto Alegre, offering friendship and family life on each of our research trips. We
thank Arnildo Perinotto and Rosa Salvallágio Perinotto for making their wonder-
ful hotel in Ibiraiaras into a multipurpose home and office, Neuza Pistore and
Dirceu Caumo and their neighbors for their generous hospitality in Sananduva,
and Roselí and Beto Becker, Clarissa Becker, Claudia Fonseca, Salete Brum da
Silveira and Sandra Bacaltchuk for guiding us and making us feel always welcome
in Porto Alegre.
Karen Sanchez-Eppler followed this project from the beginning, bringing her
wisdom and skill to each draft that Emma and I wrote. Vivienne Bennett, Lacy
Crawford, Jill Irvine, Mary Ellen Miller, Pam Petro, Mary Roldán, Mary Jo Salter,
Leslie Salzinger, Fred Strebeigh, and Jack Womack read drafts at different stages in
our writing, and their keen insights shaped the structure and direction of the
Evelina Dagnino invited me to the Program on Culture and Politics at the
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (unicamp) on a Rockefeller Fellowship
and insisted that I visit her hometown of Porto Alegre, thus opening the way to all
the research that followed. Zander Navarro told me about the innovative organiz-
ing of the Movement of Rural Women Workers and suggested, long before Emma
and I ever did our first interviews, that I write a book about the mmtr based on
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