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The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was a notable turning point in the country's history, with significant ramifications for politics, culture, and society. One crucial aspect of the Revolution was its impact on the role of women in society. The Revolution sought to end capitalism and establish a socialist government as communism emerged, but alongside this was a push to challenge the entrenched gender norms of Cuba's patriarchal society. Before the Revolution, Cuban women faced significant inequality and discrimination. They were often relegated to traditional roles such as homemaking and childcare and excluded from participation in formal politics and activism. However, the revolutionary movement sought to change this. Fidel Castro and other revolutionary leaders recognized the importance of women's participation in the struggle and actively invited women to participate in political activities. Other women, however, became inclined to join based on their desire for equality.



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Dr. Erin O'Connor, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Brian Payne, Committee Member
Dr. Margaret Lowe, Committee Member

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