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(en) US, Boston: 8/11 NEFAC and La Rivolta present... Free Women of Spain @ LPC

Date Sat, 06 Aug 2005 09:01:39 +0300

with author Martha Ackelsberg --- Thursday, August 11th, 7pm
Lucy Parsons Center 549 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA (617) 267-6272
Martha Ackelsberg will discuss her newly reissued book Free Women of
Spain (AK Press, 2004), which explores the Spanish anarchist women's
organization, Mujeres Libres, active in Spain during the Civil War,
1936-39. Mujeres Libres engaged over 20,000 working-class women in programs
of education and empowerment, designed to overcome women's "triple enslavement"
to capitalism, to the state, and as women. The talk will also attempt to
draw some lessons from Mujeres Libres' experience for contemporary activism.

Martha Ackelsberg is a Professor of Government and a member of the Women's
Studies Program Committee at Smith College, where she teaches courses in
political theory, urban politics, political activism, and feminist theory.
She has contributed to a variety of anthologies on women's political
activism in the United States.


Cowards don't make history; and the women of Mujeres Libres (Free Women)
were no cowards. Courageous enough to create revolutionary change in their
daily lives, these women mobilized over 20,000 women into an organized
network during the Spanish Revolution to strive for community, education,
and equality for women and the emancipation of all. Militants in the
anarcho-syndicalist CNT union, Mujeres Libres struggled both against
fascism, the state, and reaction; and the less than supportive attitudes
and concerns of their male comrades. Martha Ackelsberg writes a
comprehensive study of Mujeres Libres, intertwining interviews with the
women themselves and analysis connecting them with modern feminist
movements. This new edition includes additional research Ackelsberg
carried out for the Spanish language edition, together with a brand new
introduction written in the light of the new social movements, and
resurgence of anarchism, post-Seattle.

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