Cuban Women : The Revolutionary Years

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Before the Revolutionary years, mainly during the Batista era, Cuban women were put at a disadvantage due to the traditional views held by other members of the patriarchal society. Women were constantly viewed as inferior to men; many believed that women should be at home, keeping themselves busy with domestic work, such as cooking, cleaning, and raising the children, while men should be out working and earning money in order to survive. In 1953, about thirteen per cent of the workforce were women (Gomperts, 20). Women were not allowed to participate in politics; these included voting or working in government jobs (Gomperts, 20) Medical care and education were limited to the women throughout the country (Gomperts, 21).
On the contrary, during the 1969 Revolution, many things on this island had changed. Fidel Castro wanted the island to portray a certain image in order to show excellence and greatness. As a result, Castro enacted various laws and policies in order to achieve the desired ideal image. One of his goals was to better the lives of women in the island; some would even say that he was successful in implementing this goal. Although lives for women became significantly better after the Revolution, it was not perfect. It almost seems as if the government placed a blanket over the true problems in which women were facing throughout society. The patriarchy still existed and women were still being discriminated in certain ways. I argue that this kind of feminism, known
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