Sustaining Activism

A Brazilian Women’s Movement
and a Father-Daughter Collaboration


“An instant classic—lyrical, bittersweet, and deeply insightful.”

– Heather Williams 

“This absorbing book—combining history, politics, sociology, memoir—is ultimately beyond category, much like the individual activists in Brazil whom it traces.”

-Mary Jo Salter

Sustaining Activism is a highly unusual book, full of rich insights and fun to read.”

– Marc Edelman

In 1986, a group of young Brazilian women started a movement to secure economic rights for rural women and transform women’s roles in their homes and communities. Together with activists across the country, they built a new democracy in the wake of a military dictatorship. In Sustaining Activism, Jeffrey W. Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin tell the behind-the-scenes story of this remarkable movement.

Published by Duke University Press.


Check out the introduction and a chapter excerpt published in Dissent Magazine, or listen to the authors discuss Sustaining Activism on Against the GrainThe Bill Newman Show, and Santa Fe Radio Cafe.