The socialist revolution in Cuba (1950s-1960s) and Chile (1970s) was not the only revolution occurring within these countries, as a feminist revolution was also underway. Through political activism, Cuban and Chilean women were able to advocate for liberation in the arenas of the labor force and reproductive health. Once socialism was established, women would begin to exercise their freedoms in these arenas by creating spaces for themselves. While this liberation was seen as a great success of socialism for women, it was not completely liberated. Women in socialist societies experiencing liberations would also become challenged by two cultural complexities; the machismo dynamic and the Christian influence. These complexities would limit women’s newly found liberation in the arenas of the labor force and reproductive health as well as evolve to continue to oppress women. This thesis engages with the historical debate regarding socialist societies path to liberation for women, and the reality of limitations women face as a result.


Biro Walters, Jordan




History of Gender | Latin American History | Women's Studies


Cuban women, Chilean women, socialism, feminist revolutions, socialist revolutions

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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