https://s3-euw1-ap-pe-df-pch-content-public-u.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/9780429268007/157568ab-481e-4ff0-81dd-bcd5b03d087a/content/inline1.tif"/> Recent research on gender roles in Latin America and the Caribbean belies the image of the passive, dependent woman, which is a legacy of popular stereotypes as well as of the earlier social science literature. Latin American and Caribbean women are emerging out of the isolation of the home and becoming increasingly important social protagonists in the public sphere. Women are increasing their participation in the labor force, assuming greater economic responsibility for their families, and challenging the state, unions, and other institutions to become more responsive to women's needs.