Women and Work in Cuba During the First Three Decades of the Revolution, 1959–1989

  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh


To situate women’s impressive advances in terms of education and employment in a historical context, this historiographic chapter examines how ideology regarding women’s employment was applied in terms of policy and practice during the first three decades of the Cuban revolution. By combining analysis of oral history testimonies with official revolutionary publications and other secondary sources, this chapter explores the direct confrontation between revolutionary polices inspired by Marxist ideology and traditional patriarchal cultural norms. Although Jerónimo Kersh demonstrates how the revolution failed to achieve gender equality in the private sphere, by juxtaposing examples of other socialist, regional, and capitalist countries, she highlights how Cuba managed to achieve more substantial gender equality in the public sphere than in other countries during these decades.


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  • Daliany Jerónimo Kersh
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  1. 1.Richmond, The American International UniversityLondonUK

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