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Donna Guy

Donna J. Guy is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Humanities in the Department of History at Ohio State University. She is a specialist in the history of Argentina and Latin American Women’s history. Her publications include Sex and Danger in Buenos Aires: Prostitution, Family and Nation in Argentina and Women Build the Nation State: Performing Charity and Creating Rights in Argentina 1880-1955.

Articles by this author

Argentina: Jewish White Slavery

Between 1875 and 1936, Buenos Aires was a major prostitution hub. Immigrant Jewish women were desperate enough to seek work in legally sanctioned brothels run by Jewish pimps. Although Jewish women compromised just a third of legal prostitutes in Buenos Aires in 1910, they were disproportionately visible in Argentina’s Catholic society.

Argentina: Philanthropic Organizations

Three Jewish women’s philanthropic organizations emerged on the scene in early 20th-century Argentina to support orphans and poor children in the community. The Society of Israelite Beneficent Women was responsible for the Jewish Girls’ Orphanage that opened in 1919. The Yiddish-speaking Women’s Aid Association formed the Jewish Infants’ Home to help new mothers and ran a Kindergarten. The Women’s Commission helped run the Jewish Boys’ Orphanage.

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