Free Women of Spain

Free Women of Spain

Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women
Martha A. Ackelsberg
Distribution: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic,
Publication date: 05/22/1991
Format: Hardback 10 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-30120-8
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When historians take women’s movements and gender differences in organizations... seriously, this book will become part of the canon.... a forthright effort to view women’s participation in politics in exciting new ways."—American Historical Review

The work not only fills a gap in knowledge of women’s radical politics, but also addresses current concerns of feminist scholars." —Choice

The book brings us something of the excitement of the revolutionary possibility lived by these women—and the frustration of their encounter with male resistance to including women’s emancipation in the revolutionary program."—Signs

Theirs is a story of commitment and creativity, of steadfastness and practicality, of communal endeavour and the bleak individual fate of defeat, hardship, and exile."—Gender and History

Ackelsberg, in the roles of both historian and activist, has crafted a volume that speaks to a wide variety of interests.... Her story is rich with the memories and voices of women... "—The Women’s Review of Books

The author examines the autonomous women's liberation organization in late-1930s Spain, which represented an alternative to the individualistic perspectives characterizing mainstream feminist movements of the time." —Smith Alumnae Quarterly

... particularly strong on the ideology and organization of this radical women's group of the late 1930s." —Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Bulletin

Ackelsberg gives the reader a fine explanation of the Spanish events, the general perspective of anarchism and the inspiring goals and struggles of Mujeres Libres." —Fifth Estate

Ackelsberg explores the development of Mujeres Libres, founded in 1936 during the Civil War in Spain as an organization dedicated to the liberation of women from their triple enslavement—to ignorance, as women, and as producers.

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Table of Contents




I. Anarchist Revolution and the Liberation of Women

II. Community Mobilization and Union Organization
Women and the Spanish Spanish Anarchist Movement

III. Civil War and Social Revolution

IV. The Founding of Mujeres Libres

V. Education for Empowerment
Preparation as Revolution

VI. Separate and Equal?
Dilemmas of Revolutionary Mobilization

Community and the Empowerment of Women





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