The Christian democratic change of government opened women’s access to birth control.However, the government’s emphasis on the modernization of women institutions and underlying issues of gender hierarchy, women in poverty were neglected.
The traditional domesticated setting that women were accustomed to was used as a patriarchal reasoning for women’s restriction of women’s votes.
However, Chileans religious convictions as devout Catholics initiated their desire to vote against the adamant anticlerical liberal party.
Land and houses in a marriage continue to be the property of the person who brought them to the marriage, but in order to sell them, both the husband and wife must sign.
If women work outside the home independent of their husbands, acquire personal assets, and can prove that they came by these assets through their independent work, then these working women can accumulate these assets as their own, unable to be touched by husbands.
A 2010 study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reported that 62 percent of Chileans are opposed to full gender equality.