They Used to Call Us Witches is an informative, highly readable account of the role played by Chilean women exiles during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet from 1973-1990. Sociologist Julie Shayne looks at the movement organized by exiled Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia, to denounce Pinochet's dictatorship and support those who remained in Chile. Through the use of extensive interviews, the history is told from the perspective of Chilean women in the exile community established in Vancouver.
Julie Shayne is a senior lecturer at the University of Washington-Bothell and an affiliate associate professor at the University of Washington-Seattle, teaching courses about women, development, and social change in Latin America and the Third World. She is author of The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba, 2004, and editor of Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas, 2014.