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      Our Heritage - Vilma Espín Guillois

      1930 - 2007
      Cuban revolutionary leader and feminist. Founder and Eternal President of the Cuban Federation of Women

      Excerpt from a speech November 1974

      “We had to change women’s mentality - accustomed as they were playing a secondary role in society. Our women had endured years of discrimination. We had to show women their own possibilities, their abilities to do all kinds of work. We had to make women feel the urgent needs of the revolution in the construction of a new life. We had to change both women’s image of themselves and society’s image of women...

      From the very beginning, we pursued a double goal: To raise consciousness through political education, so that new tasks could be performed. To raise the political level through the tasks themselves.”

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