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"Come hell or high water" refers to a fervor, a steadfastness, both on the side of the women's movement and on the side of the donor community, which has constructive as well as limiting effects for the development of the women's movement. This book considers both the cause and consequences of this fervor for the Guatemalan and Nicaraguan women's movement. Discussions with local feminist activists, who were active as guerrilleras during the armed conflict, challenge one to think about the importance of these revolutionary experiences for their current activism. The book sheds light on the ways in which women's revolutionary mobilization influenced post-conflict women's activism and empowerment. It then focuses on how several smaller women's organizations have tried to cope with this influence and negotiate a different position for themselves within the women's movement, vis-à-vis the political establishment, and vis-à-vis the donor community.

Keywords: armed conflict; feminist activist; Guatemala; Nicaragua; women's empowerment; women's revolutionary mobilization

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