Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond – The Women’s Section of the Falange, 1934-59 is a short but really interesting book on fascist women in the war. She took a lot of interviews and presents them in an unbiased way. I really enjoyed reading the book and also learning about them.

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond

She used forty-five interviews with former members and sympathisers to create an overview of the Women’s Section of the Falange party. The party was created in 1933 and the Women’s Section followed a year later. They played an important role during the civil war and in the aftermath. What was surprising, as I read the book, is that their fascist ideals, which are mostly anti-feminist, created the possibility for women’s emancipation regardless. For example, if women were encouraged to learn so they can help their children study, it benefited them, even if the ideal was for them to be better mothers and not emancipated women.

I would recommend the book because it is interesting and very well written.

Women and Spanish Fascism by Kathleen Richmond

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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Taylor & Francis Group
Year it was published: 2003
Format: I read it as an e-book
Genre(s): History – European
Pages: 193

About the author: Kathleen Richmond is assistant headteacher at Sandown High School on the Isle of Wight, where she has taught A Level Spanish for many years. She has close ties with Salamanca, where she first became interested in the Civil War and the issue of women in the Franco regime. In 2000, she completed a Ph.D at the University of Southampton, fulfilling a long-held ambition to carry out research. Further work on Sección Femeniña and the writing of this book have followed and she continues to spend as much time as possible in Spain.
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