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Volume One                                                                   Winter 1998-Spring 1999                                                               Numbers 3-4.

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     WOMEN, FAMILY, AND THE CUBAN REVOLUTION: A PERSONAL AND SOCIO–POLITICAL ANALYSIS

 

     Marisela Fleites–Lear

     Department of Spanish

     Green River Community College

     12401 S.E. 320th Street

     Auburn, Washington 98002

     Published online: December 15, 2016

 

 

     ABSTRACT

 

This article presents an analysis by a woman who was born, raised and educated in Cuba after the revolution of 1959.  The highlights of forty years of grand-scale social change and the psycho­logical and familial impact on various generations of female members in one family are placed in the broader context of the revolutionary process.  The article also considers the changes in the 1990s that now threaten to destroy the tremendous educational, professional, employment, and political participato­ry strides toward dignity by Cuban women.  The legal codes enacted by the revolutionary state are examined in the context of showing the limitations of long-standing patterns of patriarchy and the absence of an independent women's move­ment to develop creative ways of challenging patriarchal norms.  The article reveals both extensive social statistical results and detailed personal experience.               

 

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