Memories of Resistance: Women Activists from the Spanish Civil War

TitleMemories of Resistance: Women Activists from the Spanish Civil War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsMangini, Shirley
JournalSigns: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Date Published10/1991

Analyzes six autobiographies written by Spanish female activists after their dreams of democracy were dashed by Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War. Like traditional women's biographies, these works stress personal links with the events rather than political and historical connections that characterize male autobiographies. They differ from each other, in some cases significantly, because of where they were written (for example, prison, exile, or at liberty). All six memoirists recognize the vast losses that they incurred because of their resistance, both as individual women and as Spanish women as a whole. As part of an experiment with democracy during the decade of the 1930's, these women participated in a short-lived era of civil liberties and rights (including abortion), served in government ministries and parliament, and were administrators, writers, and activists

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