Though thought to be “women’s work and

Though Latin America has improved on it economic inequality, such as Brazil and Mexico, there is still a lot of work to be done to catch up to other nation around the world. In Latin America the richest earn forty-eight percent of total income, while the poorest only earn one percent.This speaks volumes to the economic inequality because in rich countries the gap is twenty-nine to three percent. Gender roles in Latin America still exist and in order for to move forward, women voices cannot be ignored. These roles are by shaped cultural values and beliefs. In Deborah Cohen’s essay, From Peasant to Worker: Migration, Masculinity, and Making of Mexican Workers in the US, she discusses the Bracero Program and the patriarchal values of the workers. Throughout the essay, Cohen talks a lot about what these male Mexican migrants thought to be “women’s work and men’s work.” Men describe the struggle of saving money or his claim to proper masculinity be part undone by doing the women’s work. Rather than save the little money they had, some workers would pay a women to do their laundry. This shows how ingrained the patriarchal values were instilled in these men. It is important that Latin America deals with its problem of inequality because without equality not everyone has access to the opportunities within the nation. For instance, income inequality and having access to good education go hand in hand. High socio-economic inequality allows for chaos and this also allows rationale for military intervention.   It has been difficult for the development of democratic government because there was no government to start from.Military also has a strong presence in the Latin American government since the New World. In 1974, dictator Lieut. General Jorge Rafael Videla took over Argentina his goal was to “eradicate alleged subversion.” During this time, the junta closed the National Congress, banned trade unions, and civil government under military control. This resulted in less than a decade 9,000-30,000 people being killed and kidnapped. A group of fourteen mothers gathered at the Plaza de Mayo in order to protest the disappearance of their children, though political protest was not allowed. This was important because it brought light and put faces to the number of people who were missing. At first, the military left the mothers alone, however it did not last long. The military began to the women from entering the plaza.  It even went as far as having secret police to stalk, some were killed and kidnapped, the mothers. Though the attempts to hide what was going on failed, it still shows how much power the government has. People lived in fear of the Argentina government because they knew that they could end up “disappearing”. In August 2008 after their police chief was murder, twenty members of the Villa Ahumada in Chihuahua resigned. Those who stayed would cover their identities by wearing mask and some even moved their families to the United States. On the other hand, there are members on the police who started working for the cartel and accepting brides. Though the members of the police force started working for the cartel to protect themselves, it does not erase the fact that themselves are now cartel members. Latin America is considered the most violent region in the world, with gang violence being tied to most homicides. The clip titled, Mexico’s Drug Gangs Fight for Control, talks about how much control the drug cartels’ activities have on Mexican society. Residents who once a popular tourist destination, now live in daily fear. The battle for control between multiple gangs led and still leads to increase of drugs, kidnapping, and human trafficking. In the video, people expressed concerns that military presence wasn’t enough to protect them from the violence.