Sex and Revolution: Women in Socialist Cuba

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Reproductive Health

Woman is nature's workshop where life forged.

Fidel Castro ( 1974)1

Sound children assure the magnificent heredity of our revolution.

Dr. José González, obstetrician and author ( 1985)2

We fervently defend the right and choice of all women to be mothers, of all men to be fathers, but we energetically refuse to echo the "pro-life" campaign that in these times is undergoing an unusual boom in the capitalist world.

Dr. Monika Krause, sex education official ( 1987)3

Is it logical that abortion is used as a contraceptive method when the other methods are one hundred times cheaper and ten thousand times less offensive?

Mirta Rodríguez Calderón, journalist ( 1989) 4

Abortion is a matter for townpeople. Here in the countryside women give birth and that's that.

Roberto Hernández, oxcart driver ( 1989) 5

The improvement of maternal, infant, and child health has been among the principal goals of Cuba's health revolution. Cuban women came to have free access to high-quality prenatal and postnatal medical services, contraception, and abortion. By 1992 infant mortality had declined to 10.2 deaths per 1,000 live births, and maternal mortality stood at 3.2 per 10,000 live births, the lowest figures in Latin America. 6 These achievements were a source of great local pride and international prestige for the revolution.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - Women in Prerevolutionary Cuba 7
  • 2 - The Struggle Against the Dictator, 1952-1958 22
  • 3 - Making Social Revolution: The Federation of Cuban Women 33
  • 4 - The Federation of Cuban Women: Activism and Power 45
  • 5 - Women and the Health Revolution 57
  • 6 - Reproductive Health 69
  • 7 - Women and the Revolution in Education 82
  • 8 - The Campaign for Women's Employment, 1959-1980 95
  • 9 - Progress and Problems in Women's Employment, 1980-1992 109
  • 10 - Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace 121
  • 11 - Day Care and Other Services 131
  • 12 - Family and Revolution 144
  • 13 - Family Dynamics 153
  • 14 - Sexuality and Revolution 168
  • Conclusion 181
  • Notes 189
  • Bibliography 227
  • Index 237
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