Women of the New Cuba

Authors

  • Nancy Reeves

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-012-07-1960-11_4

Keywords:

History, Inequality

Abstract

A revolution is a trial by fire. In this test the women of Cuba were magnificent, both in the period of clandestine opposition to the Batista tyranny and later in the guerrilla warfare resulting in his downfall. Women distributed literature, nursed the wounded, helped fugitives reach embassy asylum, and smuggled arms. Many were captured, subjected to barbaric tortures, and killed because they refused to inform. Fidel Castro, impressed with their fortitude, proposed the formation of a Women's Brigade. Some of his confreres objected with traditional arguments. Fidel persisted, however, and the "Mariana Grajales" (named after General Maceo's mother who gave all her sons to the country in the Independence War of 1895) was born.

Published

1960-11-04

Issue

Section

Articles