WOMEN AND THE ROLE IN THE CUBAN REVOLUTION Article by: Stephanie Man Revolutionary Women in Cuba
Throughout the course of history, many revolutions have brought forth the greatest outcomes of a country. The Revolutionary movement of Cuba during 1959 was a pathway to independence and also a separation of gender roles fought by women. This Revolution for Independence is also a revolution in the changes of women roles. Women had legal rights that were protected by law due to the participation in the Revolution of Cuba - equal codes gender, legal entitlements, and many other rights were created.
The Cuban Revolution started in 1959 when a small group of guerrillas and urban insurrectionists overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. A transformation of government modernized Cuba, the redistribution of wealth, separation of church and state, and the economic and political power of selected Cuban families were changed by the socialistic Revolution fought by Fidel Castrov. Castrov’s new change in Cuba also affected women’s lives. Castrov said that, “A people whose women fight alongside men – that people is (sic) invincible.” the traditional behaviors of women were challenged.
Pre-Revolutionary women had minimal rights; they were bared by gender roles in the Latin American community. The Revolution affected all life-aspects of the Latin American continent; however, women were highly affected by the Revolution. President Batista created the Cuban Constitution of 1940 which prohibited the discrimination of sex. When Fidel Castrov began to challenge Batista’s administration, women from the middle and upper classes began to utilize their skills and supported Fiedel Castrov’s movements. The women used their skills in writing, networking, and they were “selling war bonds and producing rebel uniforms, taking part in propaganda work, participating in action and sabotaged units in the cities, transporting arms, and fighting in the mountains.” (Randall 1981,...
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