Research Mentor(s)

Vicki Hsueh

Affiliated Department

Political Science

Keywords

Anarchism, feminism, Spain, Mujeres Libres, feminist, anarchist, Spanish Civil War, social movements, anarcha-feminism

Document Type

Event

Abstract

Mujeres Libres was an anarchist women's organization formed during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939 by women who were working to eliminate the rampant, hypocritical sexism within the anarchist movement. Although Mujeres Libres was only active for three years, they mobilized over 20,000 women who all recognized that anarchism and feminism go hand in hand. This paper argues that Mujeres Libres was a successful example of both anarchism and feminism in practice, and contemporary feminists should see the framework and philosophy of this organization as something to model their own women's liberation movement after.

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Mujeres Libres: Lessons on Anarchism and Feminism from Spain's Free Women

Political Science

Mujeres Libres was an anarchist women's organization formed during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939 by women who were working to eliminate the rampant, hypocritical sexism within the anarchist movement. Although Mujeres Libres was only active for three years, they mobilized over 20,000 women who all recognized that anarchism and feminism go hand in hand. This paper argues that Mujeres Libres was a successful example of both anarchism and feminism in practice, and contemporary feminists should see the framework and philosophy of this organization as something to model their own women's liberation movement after.

 

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