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This dissertation explores how citizens and legal officials in Orizaba, Mexico interpreted the national project to restructure gender relations following the momentous revolution of 1910-1920. I argue that the state's project to modernize sexual difference by providing education, job protection, and expanding rights in the family for women was part of larger mission to insure that women would be capable mothers and wives. Women, however, sometimes capitalized on these legal changes to challengedoi:10.7282/t3tb1799 fatcat:vz6kuzu65fduzlhhvg2gl5i7se