Throughout history women have been involved in clandestine and terrorist activities. Although, a significant amount of discourse revolves around male participation and leadership within terrorist organizations the literature presented exposes how valuable women have been in progressing various causes. Through recruitment and of their own volition women have entered into a male dominated arena to assert their capability to effectively navigate operating within an organization that promotes terror. The literature to follow presents historiographical patterns as to how women become involved in such regimes and how they survive the life of their involvement as a female combatant.
Oppression has been a motivating factor for women to become
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Such a control on what women considered to be their right was an infringement that propelled Tamil women to engage in combative activities. A push for women to join the movement mirrored Knight’s (1979) illustration of Russian women witnessing the “injustice of tsarist society” when they were unable to find employment when compared to their male counterparts and began witnessing the poverty that was permeating social lines (p. 145). Such frustrations provided the backbone for joining a movement that inspired societal change, specifically improving women’s position within society.
Gender equality demands stemming from an oppressive society were equally reflected by Jacquette’s (1973) revelations regarding the women who engaged in revolutionary movements in Latin American. Specifically, Jacquette (1973) determined that the “Revolution of May in Argentina opened new possibilities” for women and loosened the chains that had previously bound them” to the male-centered culture (p. 345). In addition, Jacquette (1973) continued this assertion correlating the previously mentioned revolution to the Revolution of 1910 in Mexico where “the period of violence” led to an ideological change favorable to the emancipation of women” (p. 345). In Uruguay the