The Uneven Path Towards Women’s Rights in Argentina

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Financial Markets Group Discussion Papers DP 892
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Argentina’s progress towards legal equality for women has been slower than in most other Latin American countries. In 1971 Argentina’s score of 31 on the World Bank’s Women, Business and Law index was the lowest out of 32 nations in the Latin America and Caribbean region and 162nd out of 190 countries globally. By 2023, Argentina’s score remains below that of every major other economy in Latin America, except for Venezuela. A history of military dictatorships and the strong influence of the Catholic church in Argentine politics are associated with this slow progress.