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Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Womenby Martha A Ackelsberg
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Cowards don’t make history; and the women of Mujeres Libres (Free Women) were no cowards. Courageous enough to create revolutionary change in their daily lives, Mujeres Libres mobilized over 20,000 women into an organized network to strive for community, education, and equality for women -during the Spanish Revolution. Martha Ackelsberg writes a comprehensive study of Mujeres Libres, intertwining interviews with the women themselves and analysis connecting them with modern feminist movements.
Martha Ackelsberg is a professor of government and a member of the Women’s Studies Program Committee at Smith College, where she teaches courses in political theory, urban politics, political activism and feminist theory. She has contributed to a variety of anthologies on women’s political activism in the United States.
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In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, an organization called Mujeres Libres mobilized more than 20,000 women to fight for women's rights within leftist organizations. In this study, Ackelsberg presents a history of Mujeres Libres, intertwining interviews with participants and analysis connecting the organization with modern feminist movements. Ackelsberg teaches government and women's studies at Smith College. This is an expanded edition of a volume originally published by Indiana U. Press in 1991.
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With fists upraised, Mujeres Libres struggled for their own emancipation and the freedom of all.
Cultural Writing. Women's Studies. In the midst of the Spanish Revolution, the women of Mujeres Libres fought for women's rights within the left organizations of their time (CNT, FAI, and FIJL), while staving off fascism and working towards liberation for all. Concentrating on education, literacy, health care, and better working conditions, they mobilized over 20,000 women within the organization Mujeres Libres. This book contains stories of the heady possibilities of revolution and is filled with lessons that will resonate with anyone involved in the social movements of today. It is a call for community, especially amongst women; and it is a call for equality, not after the revolution--but now.
About the Author
Martha Ackelsberg is a Professor of Government and a member of the Women's Studies Program Committee at Smith College, where she teaches courses in political theory, urban politics, political activism, and feminist theory. She has contributed to a variety of anthologies on women's political activism in the United States.
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