This volume is a collection of seventeen different sources dealing with Latin American women, from the sixteenth century to the present. Through letters, diaries, interviews and poems, the editor has sought to convey to us the lives and views of such women as Isabel de Guevara, who accompanied her husband, Don Pedro de Mendoza, on his expedition to the Río de la Plata; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the very fine seventeenth-century lyrical poet; anarchist textile workers in São Paulo; Eva Perón, the most important woman politician in twentieth-century Latin America; a Puerto Rican prostitute and the Argentine poet Alfonsina Stomi.

This book is a good teaching aid for a course on women’s history because of the variety of sources it includes. However, those seriously concerned with women in Latin America will not be particularly challenged by the exceedingly general introduction to the volume or the short presentations that accompany each text.