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Eva Perón: The 20th Century Cinderella Story Of Argentina

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Eva Perón, the 20th century Cinderella story of Argentina, was one of the most hated, loved and powerful woman of her time. Her rise to power was spectacular and her use of that ruthless power supported her husband’s regime. While some think of her as an angelic woman who sought to uplift women and the poor, others viewed her as a self-serving, egotistical woman who used sex to rise up on Argentina’s social and political ladder, all the while seeking vengeance on the upper class. Because of this power and influence, Eva Perón will not only be remembered as a dictators wife but also as someone who crushed democratic institutions to satisfy her personal agenda. Eva Perón was a fierce ...view middle of the document...

Growing up a member of the low class, Eva felt that she knew what the “descamisados” or “shirtless ones” needed to have for better conditions. Seeing the social injustice all around Argentina, Eva believed that a revolution needed to take place to change her country. She felt that “social injustice in my country could be wiped out only by a revolution.” (Perón pg 16) It wasn’t until she met Juan Perón that she felt such a power inside of him, feeling that this was the person to follow, a person who could led a revolution.
Eva believed that Juan Perón would be the person who could change the lives of the poor. She felt that the road would be difficult but she was determined to stand by her man and believe in the words that he spoke of. During their first meeting, Juan was in awe of Eva. Eva stated to Juan after his speech, “if it is as you say, the cause of the people is my own cause; however great the sacrifice, I will not leave your side until I faint.” (Perón pg 19) With those words being said to him, Juan knew that with Eva by his side, many things could be accomplished.
Nearly all of Eva’s social welfare work was through the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare. Eva’s main purpose for working at the Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare, whose name was changed to the Ministry of Labor and Welfare, was to give justice to the poor. In this area of work, she was able to “meet the people and their problems there; because the Minister of Labor and Welfare is a working man.” (Perón pg 71). She was especially interested in the lower class, the working class of Argentina. Coming from a working class family, she knew what they were going through. Eva had a special understanding of the working class and felt comfortable working with them to improve their situation. Eva considered each worker that came into her office a friend and she was a loyal friend to each of them. According to page 81 in Evita by Evita, the people who came into her office declared, “Eva is tough, but she is loyal.”
Eva married Juan Perón in 1945 and he was elected President of Argentina in 1946. Nearly all of Perón’s supporters came from the descamisados, the “shirtless ones” or better know as the working class. Eva and Juan worked very hard to gain the loyalty of the working class. The upper and middle class did not care of Eva Perón. They felt that Eva worked hard to help the poor but that...

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