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Gender Roles in the Revolutionary War

Iija A. Luciak

in Gender and Democracy in Cuba

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813030630
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039473 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813030630.003.0001
Gender Roles in the Revolutionary War

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In the history of Man, women were often pegged to domestic roles wherein their attempt to contribute to the significant events in society were undermined. In the history of Cuba, the contributions of the women to the revolutionary movements tended to be undervalued not to mention the earlier attempts of the women to be involved to this significant change were often undocumented and easily forgotten. This chapter discusses the role of the women in the revolutionary war in Cuba during the 1980s and 1990s wherein women started to joined guerrilla movements in massive numbers. The focus is on the gender-specific roles of female and male fighters in the revolutionary war. This chapter pinpoints the key role played by women in the social and economic reforms wherein they broke the straitjacket of gender inequality imposed by traditional societal norms.

Keywords: women; Cuba; revolutionary movements; role; revolutionary war; 1980s; 1990s; guerrilla; gender-specific roles; gender inequality

Chapter.  4830 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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